Papercut Pattern’s Axis Dress & Skirt first caught by eye back in May, when browsing through the various #memademay2020 posts on Instagram. Since then, I’ve completed one practice muslin dresses, two dresses and one modified skirt, all in the pencil skirt silhouette. I very much enjoyed the process of putting these together, and hope this review helps you if you are looking for a new dress pattern to try out.
The Willow Tank (& Dress) Pattern from Grainline studio is a classic, slightly a-frame tank top perfect for summers and for layering under sweaters in cooler weather.
This was my second pattern from Grainline, the first being a simple shopping tote bag. I love that they do in-depth blog sew-a-long posts, which were helpful for a mega beginner like myself. I’ve now sewn five of these tanks (yes, you read that right) in slightly different variations, notes below.
After my last sewing post on beginner friendly projects, I had several pieces on my to-do list for June and beyond. Since then, I’ve made the following:
- Papercut Patterns Axis Dress in practice toile / muslin and a cotton print, along with a skirt hack in rayon
- Grainline Studio Willow Tank in silk crepe, and two cropped versions in cotton and in silk crepe
- Copycat Only Child Alta Top in silk crepe
- True Bias Ogden Cami in raw silk
While none of my projects are “perfect”, they are perfectly wearable and I’ve learned a lot from the so-called “imperfections”. I do plan to review some of the more popular patterns separately since I’ve made multiple variations, but wanted to summarize a few lessons learned that can be applied to any project. I hope these are useful for anyone who is also on the beginner sewing train like I am.
In the spirit of #memademay2020, I wanted to share some sewing & knitting projects I have been working on, along with those queued up for the rest of the month. I know I’m a bit late to this as it’s mid-month (side note: I feel like time is flying by so quickly these days). I’ve worked on a few things already, so I’m technically not too behind!
All of these are beginner-friendly, so I hope this list is helpful for those who have picked up sewing as a new hobby during this time. For me, it was a little overwhelming to figure out where to start with what patterns, especially when some of them are so similar. There really is no right or wrong way to go about it, as it’s ultimately about practice – but I hope this project list is useful for anyone looking for entry level sewing projects.
Back in February (how long ago this feels), I took my 2nd sewing class with Workshop SF to learn how to sew a simple boxy top, Shirt No 1 from 100 Acts of Sewing. This is a great, beginner-friendly pattern for a wardrobe staple that I’ll easily get a ton of wear out of. Since that class, I’ve made a few variations and wanted to share what I’ve learned so far.