Our Top 10 Best Beginner Sewing Patterns

Posted on October 29, 2023

If you're new to dressmaking choosing the right sewing pattern for your first project is not only really important but it can also be a little daunting.

There are lots of fabulous patterns available these days that are ideal for those with little or no sewing experience including tops, dresses, skirts, dresses and pyjamas... here, Here, I've pulled together, what I think, are some of the best sewing patterns for beginners and beyond.


True Bias ∙ Ogden Cami

The Ogden Cami is a simple vest top that can either be worn on its own or as a layering piece under blazers and cardigans. 

True Bias Ogden Cami Sewing Pattern

It has a soft V neck at both the centre front and centre back necklines, and delicate spaghetti straps. The neckline and armholes are finished with a partial lining for a beautiful, high end finish. 

It's a great fit, I've made several now and it works well all year round. Once you've gained confidence there are several hacks of this ever popular style to make various dress options.

The Assembly Line ∙ Cuff Top

The Cuff Top sewing pattern is an easy to make style with a straight fit, boat neck and half sleeves with deep elastic cuffs.

The Assembly Line Cuff Top Sewing Pattern
The Assembly Line Cuff Top Sewing Pattern

One of our most popular patterns, the Cuff Top is easy to make with grown on sleeves. I've made several and it works equally well in both plain and patterned fabrics. Plus there is a free download to change the neckline to a round neck on The Assembly Line website.

Maison Fauve ∙ Palma Top

The Palma Top is the perfect beginner's sewing pattern for your summer wardrobe! Simple, but with pretty details including a pleated back with yoke, closed with pretty knotted ties.

Maison Fauve Palma Top Sewing PatternMaison Fauve Palma Top Sewing PatternThe Palma features a loose fit and scoop neckline make it ultra comfortable, as beautiful worn as a blouse or tucked into trousers.

The Assembly Line ∙ V-Neck Cuff Top

The V-Neck Cuff Top features full, gathered 3/4 sleeves which are contrasted by a sharp V neckline. The sleeves are grown on which eliminates the need to set the sleeves into that armhole which can sometimes be tricky, especially when you're new to sewing. The Assembly Line V-Neck Cuff Top Sewing Pattern

The Assembly Line V-Neck Cuff Top Sewing PatternBring a sense of contemporary bohemia to your everyday life by pairing the V-Neck Cuff Top with relaxed trousers and smart skirts. 


Closet Core ∙ Cielo Dress & Top

The Cielo Dress & Top is an easy, breezy take on a boxy tee and shift dress with an option for statement sleeves. Loaded with interesting details and interchangeable features, it's sure to become a wardrobe building favourite, plus it's really easy to make.  

Closet Core Cielo Dress & Top Sewing Pattern
Closet Core Cielo Dress & Top Sewing Pattern

The Cielo makes for an easy fitting dress with sleek inseam pockets, or you can make it without pockets. Choose between a semi-cropped top with a cuffed short sleeve or dramatic gathered long sleeve. All views have a slightly dropped shoulder, angled shoulder yoke and roomy fit, with a choice between an elegant bias binding or faced neckline finish.

Friday Pattern Company ∙ Wilder Gown & Top

The Wilder Gown is a loose, flowy, tiered dress that can be sewn up in lots of different ways! It has raglan sleeves and ties up at the neck and is very easy to sew.

Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown & Top Sewing Pattern
Friday Pattern Company Wilder Gown & Top Sewing Pattern
The Wilder can be made as a top or dress, long or short sleeved, with one skirt tier or two. The design is fairly modular so once your confidence grows it's easy to customise and make your own bespoke version.
Tessuti ∙ Bella Dress
The Bella Dress is a flowy A-line dress featuring full length sleeves, a centre back seam with top-stitching along with optional in-seam pockets. 
Tessuti Bella Dress Sewing Pattern
Tessuti Bella Dress Sewing Pattern
Bella is an easy, comfortable style which can be dressed up or down. 
The Assembly Line ∙ A-Line Midi Skirt

The A-line Midi Skirt is an easy to sew style with a modern finish. It has an A-line fit and is detailed with an elasticated waistband and side slant pockets.

The Assembly Line A-Line Midi Skirt Sewing PatternThe pattern comes with several versions to choose from - the regular waistband, as shown above, the paper bag waistband with belt loops and a belt, shown below, the regular straight hemline, the rounded hemline and the elasticated hemline. The Assembly Line A-Line Midid Skirt Sewing Pattern

With all these options to choose from it's a great beginner pattern. I've made one with the regular elasticated waistband and it really is a quick and easy make, not only that but it's a great style as well.

 Tessuti ∙ Demi Pants

The Demi Pants are a pull-on, cropped style featuring an elasticised waist and full leg with side stitched down pockets. A clever pleat detail at the front and back hemline is finished with a bias bind band at hem.

Tessuti Demi Pants Trousers Sewing Pattern

Comfortable and stylish, the pattern is quick and easy to make and suitable for day or night. 

I hope this article has inspired and encouraged you to get started and plan your first sewing project.

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