How I Learned to Sew - A Few Resources For You!

Good morning friends! I get asked alllllll the time (seriously, atleast 3 or 4 times on a Sunday and then a dew times during the week) “Rachel, how did you learn to sew?” So today, I’m going to answer that question.

Let me first explain what I’m NOT doing: Designing. This is a totally different process. When you see my creations on social media, these are patterns that I’ve purchased and put together.
As far as sewing is concerned, I just follow the directions. Really. After being super inspired by Project Runway in 2009, I went out and bought a very simple starter sewing machine, and read the manual.

This is an awesome machine to learn with that won’t break the bank.

Brother Sewing Machine

This is the one I'm saving up for:

Then I got some instructional books that came with simple patterns and read the directions. Then I bought some “Very Easy Vogue” patterns, and read the directions. A great way inexpensive patterns is to pay attention to the Hobby Lobby and Joann Ads for when a specific brand is $1.99 that week. (This is a great way to trigger your hoarding tendencies)
Then we moved, and my sewing machine collected dust for 10 years.
The biggest difference from 2009 to now is the access to instruction. There is a YouTube video for every skill, process, and concept. It isn’t uncommon for me to get stuck on a step in the directions, type the name of the pattern in the search bar, and find tips and tricks for the exact thing that’s tripping me up. Some patterns even come with sew along tutorials (a short video or blog post for every single step).

When I try and convince folks that what I’m doing isn’t hard, they really don’t believe me! SO for those of you wanting to start sewing, Here are a few online sewing communities that I have really loved:
I have the premium membership, it’s $9, but you don’t have to pay to be a part if you don’t want. There are patterns galore, and tons of video help. If you do decide to join, you can use this link and it'll get you a little discount off your first month.

Similar to Seamwork, but there’s no membership. The pattern selection is absolutely beautiful and the video/blog help is abundant. While there’s no membership fees, you can pay for an e-course if you want. I’m looking pretty seriously at the Jeans course. Here's the link to my favorite pattern, The Kalle Shirtdress

I love this blog. I actually don’t know how I found her, but I am so glad I did. Helen is super accessible, and so are her patterns! I One of the garments I wear the most (the York pinafore) is her beautiful pattern. Her blog is filled with helpful tips and recourses. It can be a little overwhelming to get online and search from scratch. Stress no more: Helen’s blog will help. Here's the link to the York Pinafore that I'm obsessed with

I hope this is helpful for you gals who are wanting to start sewing. I'm thinking about putting together a sewing night you gals who already have a machine of their own... what do you think? Would you come?!

Let me know!! See ya for now!