Learning to sew can be tricky as it isn’t always clear what tools you will need, what fabrics you might need and what you will want to make. Clothing can often be the hardest thing to make but also the most rewarding.
The best way to learn to sew clothes at home is by consuming lots of information, you can find free information on blogs, Youtube and in groups that can help you get started. Alternatively, you can take an online course to learn more in-depth skills and have a tutor to help you.
In this article, I am going to go through a number of different ways you can learn to sew clothes at home using different resources which you can find for free or paid, how to get started and what to do to help you understand more about clothing and sewing.
I have a background in historical and performance costume and so creating garments was second nature to me, though fashion items vary so much even I found it hard to adjust into that aspect.
So I decided to try out some different tools and pattern to help me get adjusted to making clothing for myself and not for someone else. It was also hard as historical clothing is often form-fitting and made in certain ways compared to fashion which is loose.
8 Ways To Learn To Sew Clothes At Home
As each person is different I chose to use a lot of online resources as these are often ones you can use at your own leisure, you don’t have to enroll in a class and you don’t have to leave the house.
The time you spend learning is completely up to you and you can do as much as you like one week and as little as you want the next. You
Here is a breakdown of the X ways to learn to sew clothes at home.
1. Sewing Blogs
One of my favourite resources is to head straight to sewing blogs. There are so many you can find and each will have their own take on sewing and different ways to do things.
Ask a fellow sewist for recommendations to see if they follow anyone good. Each sewing blogger will have a unique style and way of doing things and it might take you while to find more than one resource but eventually you will have a bunch of bookmarks on your device for sewing content.
One of the best ways to find someone to follow is to search a term you want to know into google for example “how to hem trousers by hand”. When you search that term you will see the list and from there you can find a blog which speaks to you and you understand the best.
The best part about reading blogs is that you can get all the information for free and you can bookmark the page and keep going back to refresh the information or to learn more.
2. Online Courses
You can use places such as Teachable, Skillshare or Udemy to enrol in a course to learn more about how to sew clothes, or sewing in general if you are very new to sewing and want to get started.
I have created my own course on Udemy about how to get to know your sewing machine. I haven’t quite got round to doing anymore but hopefully, in the future I will.
There is a tonne of professionals making courses on different platforms which are full of helpful information and handy tips to help you get started. Courses can range in price and so you can set yourself a budget, most course are a one off price and you are then allowed lifetime access to the course and files attached.
What I love the most about online courses is that you can do them in your own time, the steps are already prepared and so you can work as fast or as slow as you want.
I found this so helpful when I decided to take the plunge and learn to Crochet this year as I found I wanted to keep going back to the first step or rewatch some of the videos to refresh my memory.
Courses will often come with some other bonuses such as private Facebook groups where you can interact with others who are doing the same course, extra materials and printables to help you and sometimes even a private session with the course tutor themselves.
3. Sewing Magazines
You can join a subscription service to get magazines delivered to your door. These can have all kinds of information in and mini-tasks which you can do each week to build up your confidence and skills.
There are plenty of different sewing magazines on the market for both the UK and USA so you are likely to find something that works for you.
I have quite a few I like to buy every so often as they have sewing patterns included in them so it can be worthwhile buying the magazine for the sewing pattern included.
You can start off at any time or pick up a fresh season or topic that you can join in weekly or monthly.
4. Youtube Videos
If you are a person who learns from watching then Youtube is for you. I love watching how someone makes something as I find it easier to understand as I can see what is happening.
Youtube again is another platform which has so many amazingly talented people making videos all to help us create something awesome and learn something new.
You can find everything from beginner knowledge of how to thread your sewing machine up to how to make a bespoke gown for a party. There is something for everyone and I love Youtube for that reason.
The best part is that once you have created an account with Youtube you can save videos, subscribe to peoples channels and get notified when they publish a new video.
I love being able to go on and see my favourite videos or channels as it saves me searching for them all over again.
5. Online Forums & Groups
I am part of a number of groups on Facebook and online forums that I often run back to for help. These are full of people who are trained sewists, people who taught themselves and people who are still learning.
These are a great resource for help and guidance as everyone has had that same issue and has a way to resolve it, fix it or can help you get the help you need.
I often find I am missing a tool or want to find a better way of doing something so I post in the groups to get advice from other people who have found a better way of doing it or a nifty tool to help make the process better.
You can also find some great friendships in these groups where when you are losing your ‘sew jo’ (sewing mojo) they are there to comfort you and will celebrate the smallest of wins and make them huge wins for you!
6. Friends & Family
Something I used to love was going to my grandparents and learning to draw paint and bake. Each of them knew how to draw and paint and both grandma’s were skilled bakers so I was lucky to learn plenty from them.
I also have an Aunt who is skilled in most crafts such as embroidery, knitting and crochet, sewing and drawing. So I am hoping to learn how to knit from her so I can teach my own children and nieces and nephews.
Any friends and family that can sew are an asset to you and well worth asking if they could teach you the basics or help you get started. I once upon a time taught my mum’s friend how to sew after work on a evening and it was so fun.
Working with a friend or family member can be a great way of picking up on skills, having a first-hand help and guidance and being able to relax more in a more comforting setting.
This is also really helpful if you learn best when you have someone showing you and guiding you along the way.
7. Investigate Your Own Clothing
Something I like to do to learn more about how a piece of clothing is put together is to take it apart. You can do this with an existing piece of clothing that you like the shape and size of.
Simply start taking them seams apart into pieces, that way you can inspect the garment, the material and any other materials used such as interfacing, zips or buttons.
This can also give you a great idea of what the garment can look like as flat pieces, as I sometimes struggle to see what a flat piece of cloth can be I find this process really helpful.
If you don’t want to take apart any of your existing clothing, go to a charity shop and pick up something you like or something simple for cheap and take it home to take apart.
That way you don’t have to worry about getting it back together or ruining your favourite t-shirt. I would look at starting with something simple and straight forward and then looking at more complex garments as you build your confidence.
Look at taking them apart and putting them back together or using them to create a sewing pattern to use in the future.
Investigating garments is a great way of learning more about the garment shapes, fabrics and stitches used.
8. Start Small & Build Up
Some people just like to throw themselves into the deep end and go from there. If you are one of these people then just get some supplies together and a beginner pattern and jump in.
There are a number of simple and easy to follow sewing patterns you can find both online and in stores so you can gather together your materials and just get started.
Just getting started can be a great way of breaking the dread and fear barrier, as you are at home and in your own home if you have any hiccups or think your behind you don’t have the added pressure of a class or keeping up to other peoples pace.
It can also be a great way of figuring things out on your own time schedule and terms, you will tend to learn things that you will remember more as your brain ran through the process of getting to the answer instead of just getting told the answer.
You can start with something simple such as vest top or skirt and work your way up. Garments which are loose and baggy are much easier to work with as they are normally straight cuts and don’t have darts, pleats or folds to contend with as they can be more complicated.