Basic Sewing Patterns for Beginner to Intermediate Sewists

Posted on July 9, 2021 by Greg Dugdale

Sewing reached an all-time high this past year, with tons of people picking up the skill in order to make masks or simply to pass the time stuck at home. If you're looking to continue growing your sewing skills but you're not sure where to start, this list is for you! We've gathered a bunch of our free sewing patterns that are simple to sew and easy to add to any wardrobe.

There's nothing easier than sewing up a garment with zero closures; no zippers or buttons to worry about! The following patterns lend themselves well to fabrics that are easy to work with. Try any of the following to get started:

The Fern Jumpsuit

The Fern Jumpsuit

This jumpsuit is packed with style and sophistication while giving off very boho-chic vibes; belted for creating the perfect cinched waist, but loose and comfy with a stunning wide leg that gathers into an ankle cuff. Download them here!

The Piper Shorts

The Piper Shorts

 

The Piper Shorts feature a faux-belted paper bag waist, with an elastic insert so you can vacation in both comfort and style this season. Download them here!

The Wilder Top

The Wilder Top

With a slightly batwing silhouette and no pesky closures, simply tie this on over your favorite pair of jeans for an adorable look that can easily transition into this summer with lightweight fabrics like linen or voile. Download it here!

The Karri Top

The Karri Top

This free sewing pattern features long tulip sleeves, an adorable peplum silhouette, and a tie at the waist to cinch it all together. Try it out with your favorite cotton print or go in an elegant direction with linen or silk! Download them here!

The Molina Tunic

The Molina Tunic

With the growing popularity of Capsule Wardrobes,  simple designs are finding their way onto people’s sewing lists more and more. This pattern’s minimalist look gives you every opportunity to make it your own. Download it here!

The Nyssa Dress

The Nyssa Dress

 

 

A garment every wardrobe needs: a good wrap dress. Download it here!

While simple cotton and other wovens are great starter fabrics, knits can be pretty easy too. While there are a few extra things to keep in mind when sewing with them, don't let them intimidate you! Use lots of pins, a ballpoint needle, and a walking foot attachment for your machine. Here are some great jersey fabrics to work with:

The Sylvan Tank Dress

The Sylvan Tank Dress

With the Sylvan pattern, you can make a racerback dress, a tank top, or a cropped tank top. For these garments, we recommend that you use knits with more than 60% stretch, such as a rib knit or bamboo jersey. Download it here!

The Mimosa Dress

The Mimosa Dress

This simple sewing pattern features a loose t-shirt bodice that gathers into an easy-to-wear wrap skirt for a flattering silhouette. Made here in a luxurious bamboo jersey, this dress would look stunning in anything from cotton jersey to rib knit! Download it here!

The Brando Tee

The Brando Tee

The Brando Tee is here to be your new fave! Simple and versatile, this unisex t-shirt can be kept simple and chic in a bamboo jersey or rib knit. For a pop of color, try one of Mood’s jersey prints! Download it here!

The Brassia Dress

The Brassia Dress

This dress is so simple, it can really be made out of anything with a little stretch, especially since it has no closures to worry about. A sturdy fabric would be perfect for this dress, like cotton sateenponte knit, or one of our new chunky knits! Download it here!

Once you've mastered sewing without closures, try adding simple ones to your sewing list! The options below feature basic buttons or easy zippers for you to practice easily!

The Dogwood Ensemble

The Dogwood Ensemble

Dogwood Ensemble can be a fun addition to the young creative professional’s wardrobe or a great look for just going around town. Download it here!

The Ginkgo Shirt

The Ginkgo Shirt

This piece is perfect for bowling away the icy winter weather with a group of friends, or warming up at a cafe with a cup of coffee and a good book. Download it here!

The Juniper Skirt

The Juniper Skirt

The Juniper Skirt is simple and sleek, so you can make it from a number of different fabrics! Use a basic cotton canvas with a surprise lining so it can match every cute top in your wardrobe, or choose a vibrant print to let the skirt be the focal point of your outfit! Download it here!

The Myrtle Shorts

The Myrtle Shorts

 

The Myrtle Shorts feature a high, pleated waist – perfect for a variety of body types – and a length that could be easily shortened or lengthened to suit your style! Download it here!

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