20 Best Sewing Patterns for Beginners 2020

Start making your own clothes and accessories today! If you're wondering which sewing patterns are best for beginners, we've rounded up the best beginner sewing projects, including dresses, tops and trousers, to help you practise your new sewing skills.

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Best Sewing Patterns for Beginners Grainline Studios Scout Tee

Get ready folks – we’ve rounded up our favourite sewing patterns for beginners so you can start making your own clothes, accessories and more! Whether you’re returning to sewing after a few years away from your machine or have never sewn a stitch before, it’s a good idea to start making clothes with a simple pattern so you can perfect the basics before moving on to trickier projects.

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We’ve all got to start somewhere, so fire up that sewing machine, give one of these beginner sewing patterns a try and we promise you’ll never look back. Scroll down to see our clothing patterns or jump to our easy accessories to sew patterns.

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Main image (above): The Scout Tee © Grainline Studio

Best Sewing Patterns for Beginners: Clothes

Is there anything more satisfying that wearing clothes that you’ve made yourself? We’ve put together some of our best sewing patterns for beginners to help you get started.

Take a look at our quick list below and then scroll down for more pictures and to buy the patterns (or download them for free!).

Easy Sewing Patterns for Women’s Clothing

  • Victory Skirt: I AM Patterns
  • Kimono Top: Simply Sewing
  • The Scout Tee: Grainline Studio
  • Silk Cami Top: Sew Over It
  • Rosa Dress: Simply Sewing
  • Cleo Pinafore: Tilly and the Buttons
  • Moneta Dress: Colette
  • Inari Cropped Tee: Named Clothing
  • Amélie Square Neckline Dress: Simply Sewing
  • Coco Dress and Top: Tilly and the Buttons
  • 101 Trouser: Merchant and Mills
  • DIY Wrap Dress: Simply Sewing
  • Ultimate Shift Dress: Sew Over It
  • The Date Night Dress: April Rhodes
  • Leila Dress: Simply Sewing


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I AM Patterns: The Victory Skirt

Get started with dressmaking in style with this easy-to-construct starter skirt with a gathered waist – it’s a great project for learning how to use your sewing machine, handle fabric, add a button and finish with a hem. You’ll also get to try your hand at inserting a zip. Want to adapt the length or design? It’s easy to shorten or lengthen, and you can also choose from three different pocket styles.

The Victory Skirt pattern includes six sizes. Get the paper pattern for $15 or download the digital version at iampatterns.fr

Pocket skirt sewing pattern
Sew a starter skirt with The Victory Skirt © I AM Patterns
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Grainline Studios – Scout Tee

What do we want? Easy-sew tops with a comfy fit! When do we want it? Now! Known for their easy-to-follow instructions and trusted patterns, Grainline Studios are meeting our need for an easy-to-make top we can wear every day. This woven t-shirt has capped sleeves, a scoop neck and is fitted at the shoulders. This beginner-friendly pattern gives you the chance to practise sewing simple straight seams, use bias binding, setting sleeves and basic hemming.

The Scout Tee sewing pattern is available as a PDF or paper pattern over at grainlinestudio.com,  and costs $14-$16

Grainline Studios The Scout Tee Sewing Pattern

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Simply Sewing: Cropped kimono top

With just two pieces to cut out and stitch together, garment construction doesn’t get any simpler than this kimono top from Simply Sewing issue 3. It can be made in a variety of fabrics – make yours in a cotton print as we have for a crisp, structured feel, or try crepe or viscose for a more loose, draped look. And if the cropped length isn’t for you, it’s easy to lengthen to suit your style.

Get the free Kimono Top Pattern and find out how to make it.

Kimono top sewing pattern
Learn the basics of constructing a simple top with this free beginners sewing project
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Sew Over It: The Silk Cami Top

Learn to sew with silky fabrics like a pro with this chic and simple top. You’ll get to practise sewing garments with a neat finish using French seams and learn how to add an all-in-one facing for a professional finish. Need a hand with your cami? Check out the Silk Cami Sewalong.

The pattern is available in UK sizes 8 to 18 from Sew Over It’s pattern store at sewoverit.co.uk as a PDF pattern from £9.

Silk cami top sewing pattern
Practise adding a facing with the Silk Cami Top – without worrying about inserting sleeves © Sew Over It
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Simply Sewing: Rosa Dress

This swishy dress is perfect for summer parties – or choose an autumnal pattern and team it up with a cardigan for cooler September outings. Available in in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-38).

This pattern is available to download as a PDF from the Simply Sewing Etsy shop for £8.99.

Rosa dress from Simply Sewing magazine
The Rosa Dress is a vintage-inspired style with an easy fit and ruffle hem detail. © Simply Sewing Magazine

 

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Tilly and the Buttons: The Cleo Pinafore and Dungaree Dress

The on-trend Cleo pattern has no fiddly zips to worry about and minimal fitting required. Make it dungaree-style with buckles or as a pinafore with button fastenings. You can vary the length and add optional topstitching and patch pockets on the front or back.

If you’re a complete newbie to dressmaking, never fear! The pattern comes with easy-to-follow steps and jargon-busting instructions, plus photos to show you how to sew each part.

Shop the printed pattern for £12.50 at shop.tillyandthebuttons.com or download the PDF version for £11.50.

Dungarees and pinafore dress sewing pattern
Sew your first dress with The Cleo Dungaree Dress © Tilly and the Buttons


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Colette: The Moneta Dress

Say hello to simple dressmaking with bags of understated attitude. With its mix of elegance and comfort, this is THE dress to make if you want to learn to sew with knits and make a garment in just a few hours or days (depending on your available sewing time!).

Choose between three versions which all share a curved neckline, fitted bodice and shirred skirt with in-seam pockets. You can adjust the sleeves, collar and bodice lining to suit your skills and style.

Sew it in sizes XS to 3XL. Find this PDF pattern for $14.00 at www.colettepatterns.com

Beginner dress sewing pattern
Learn to sew with knits and make a dress in a weekend with The Moneta Dress © Colette
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Named Clothing: Inari Crop Tee

Cropped tees are of the moment, and it’s easy to sew the trend! Not ready to wear cropped tops? No problem! You can turn your tee into a loose-fitting dress, as this pattern gives you both options. Try your hand at sewing short sleeves with a cuffed effect and adding slits at the side of the dress version.

If you’re a bit nervous about sewing with knits and heavier fabrics then this is the garment for you as it works well with light to medium-weight fabric with no or slight stretch.

Buy the PDF or Printed pattern from €13–€19 at www.namedclothing.com and sew it in UK sizes 4 – 18 (EUR 32 – 46, US 0 – 14).

Tee top sewing pattern
Sew short sleeves with the on-trend cropped Inari Top © Named Clothing
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Simply Sewing Magazine: Amélie Square neckline dress

Bring some vintage style to your wardrobe with this gorgeous square neckline dress pattern! This lovely design includes a fluted sleeve option so you can put your new sewing skills to the test! It’s ideal for spring and summer days, but you can team it up with a cosy cardigan when the weather starts to cool off in September.

This dress pattern comes  in UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-38). Download the PDF and instructions from the Simply Sewing Etsy shop for £8.99.

The Amelie Dress sewing pattern

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Tilly and the Buttons: The Coco Dress and Top

Learn to sew with knits and you’ll unlock a whole new world of dressmaking… and the Coco is here to show you how! Whether you choose to make Coco as a Breton top or knit dress this pattern comes with plenty of variations to suit your style. Plus it’s super simple to sew, easy fitting, and doesn’t include any zips, buttons or other fiddly bits.

Buy the printed pattern for £14.50 at shop.tillyandthebuttons.com or download the digital version here for £11.50.

Breton dress sewing pattern
Who doesn’t want to sew their own Breton top or dress? (we do!) © Tilly and the Buttons
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Merchant and Mills: 101 Trouser

We were looking around for a go-to trouser pattern for ages when we came across these drawstring trousers with side pockets and a false fly, cut to sit on the waist. Choose between three versions – a cropped and tapered trouser, wide, straight trouser or shorts (pictured below).

Shop the paper pattern, in sizes 8 to 18, for £14.50 at merchantandmills.com

Shorts beginner sewing pattern
Make a simple pair of elegant drawstring trousers with the 101 trouser and shorts pattern © Merchant and Mills
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Simply Sewing: DIY wrap dress

Twist it, drape it, tie it… one dress, countless ways to wear it – and we’re here to show you how to sew it! Portia Lawrie has designed this convertible wrap dress tutorial for a clever multi-style frock that makes party dressing a doddle.

This is a patternless project, so you can skip the pattern-cutting stage completely and make this dress using just your measurements (and your chosen fabric, of course!). It’s simple and quick to make and you can style it in a multitude of ways.

How to sew an infinity dress

Beginner party dress sewing pattern
Sew your own party dress – no pattern needed with this free dress sewing project
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Sew Over It: Ultimate Shift Dress

You can never have too many shift dresses! Designed with beginners in mind, the Sew Over It Ultimate Shift Dress pattern will guide you through the dressmaking process, from sewing bust darts to attaching neckline facings. There’s plenty of scope for customisation once you’ve mastered the basics, and it comes with a free maternity hack option.

This pattern is available in UK sizes 8 to 20 as a paper or PDF pattern from the Sew Over It pattern store

Shift Dress Sewing Pattern
Learn the basics as you sew with The Ultimate Shift Dress © Sew Over It
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April Rhodes: The Date Night Dress

Some patterns just come up again and again on our Instagram feed and this simple slip dress is one of them. If you’re looking for a quick-to-sew garment with subtle drama, this is the one for you! Wear it loose, with a ready-made belt, with shirring, or with a fabric sash.

Download this PDF pattern, in sizes XS to XXL for $18 at april-rhodes.com. Want to lengthen your dress? April Rhodes shares her tips for adjusting the length on the Spoonflower blog.

Easy Dress Sewing Pattern
Sew a simple slip dress with The Date Night Dress © April Rhodes
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Simply Sewing: Leila Dress

This pretty dress is super comfy and perfect for lounging around at home – or throwing on at the weekend for some casual style. It’s easy enough for beginners to make too! The pattern is available UK sizes 6-20 (US 4-18/EUR 34-38).

The PDF is available to download from the Simply Sewing Etsy shop for £8.99.

The Leila Dress sewing pattern
Get comfortable with this easy sewing pattern for beginners © Simply Sewing Magazine

Best Sewing Patterns for Beginners: Accessories

Every outfit needs some stylish accessories to finish the look! We’ve put together some of our favourite easy accessories to sew from Simply Sewing Magazine – they’re quick and easy to make and you’re bound to find something you love. Many of these patterns make great gifts too.

Take a look at the list below to see our collection and find your next sewing project!

Easy Accessories to Sew

  • DIY Headband
  • Homemade Scrunchies
  • Bento Bag
  • Envelope Clutch Bag
  • Clasp Purse


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DIY Headband

This quick and easy sewing pattern can be made using fat quarters or any leftover scraps of fabric that you have hanging around. It’s an ideal sewing project for beginners too. Find out how to make a headband with this sewing pattern created by Jennie Jones.

Make your own headbands

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Homemade Scrunchies

Scrunchies are simple to make and can be made to match every outfit! Try this easy sewing pattern for beginners created by Jessica Entwistle and learn how to make a scrunchie step by step.

How to make a bow scrunchie

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Bento Bag

Heading off to the beach? This Japanese-inspired bento bag is perfect for all of your holiday accessories – or to sling over your shoulder when you go out shopping. Find out how to sew a bento bag with our free beginner sewing pattern designed by Jennie Jones.

Free bag sewing pattern

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Envelope Clutch Bag

While we’ve used a summery fabric here, you could easily choose a more seasonal design and take this clutch bag to a wedding or a festive party. Try Jennie Jones’ wonderful sewing pattern and discover how to make an envelope clutch bag.

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Free bag patterns: Envelope clutch bag DIY

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Clasp Purse

Keep your coins safe by sewing your own clasp purse! This would make a wonderful gift for a young child and it won’t take you long to master the pattern. Follow Jessica Entwistle’s sewing tutorial to learn how to make a clasp purse.

How to sew a clasp purse