People sew their own clothing for many reasons. Some sew to express themselves, creating clothing that is unique from anything you could find ready made in a store. Others sew because they cannot find what they want in a store. Yet others sew their family's clothing for budgetary reasons. While mass production has lowered the costs of every day casual clothing, occasion dresses and holiday dresses can still be sewn at home for a fraction of the price of purchasing them.
There are those who can sew without a pattern, just with the measurements of the person and some good drafting skills. Many, however, need a sewing pattern to assemble a garment from a bolt of fabric. One niche in the online pattern industry caters to those looking for modest style clothing. Some customers are interested in "plain" clothing such as Amish or Mennonite styles, others are looking for more modern styles that cover more skin, and others are looking for timeless or period styles such as Edwardian or Swing era styles.
Are you interested in sewing your own clothes? Check out what these online vendors have to say about their clothing patterns:
Which of your patterns would you recommend to a beginner at sewing?
PaisleyPincushion.biz: I recommend the Reversible Apron for beginners. It doesn't use much yardage, and is quick to sew. I try very hard to put explicit instructions in each pattern. Usually when people have trouble doing a pattern it's because they skim the words, or only go by pictures. Read, read and reread the instructions. A good habit to have is completely reading the instructions, even before you purchase your fabric. I answer questions also: calls and emails are welcome. I want ladies to finish and like what they have made.
CandleOntheHill.net : It depends what you would like to sew! There are a variety of patterns that are good for a beginning seamstress. We also offer a page on our web site with tips, information, and how-to, for those looking to learn to sew. The Kwik Sew Skirt Pattern, the Simple Culottes pattern, and the Simple Skirt pattern are great choices for a beginner because they are uncomplicated and quick to make. They require no buttons or zippers, yet give good sewing experience for a beginner. Many of the Baby & Toddler patterns are good choices, too. The Quick and Comfy Dresses pattern is a favorite, as well as the Elizabeth Lee Little Ones pattern.
CommonSensePatterns.com : For a beginner new to sewing, I would recommend any skirt or jumper pattern (shoulder button). Once you make one of the basic style dresses, you will find it goes together quite easily and from then on you will only get better and better.
What are your best selling patterns?
Pincushion: Hands down, the Scalloped Apron. They have all have had successful runs at different times …. and there is no guessing when or which one will be next.
CandleOnTheHill: Our apron patterns are very popular sellers. We also sell a lot of the Country Classic and Country Cape dress patterns. The Simple Culottes for both girls and ladies have been hugely popular. We also sell a lot of our head covering patterns. Whether worn for religious observance or other reasons, they have been a popular purchase. We've added some helpful information and tips for those that want to get more comfort and ease out of wearing a headcovering.
Our Cloth Menstrual Pads pattern is one of our best sellers of all. I know that may seem unexpected, but many women are happily discovering this budget saving option.
CommonSensePatterns: Women buy all of our patterns, but probably the best selling patterns are:
- Women's Lace Collar Dress and the Girls Lace Collar Dress
- Women's Panel Dress
- Women's square neck dress
- The preteen combo (square neck / sweetheart neckline dress)
- Preteen empire dress.
Those sewing their own clothing are finding new options for purchasing patterns online. Niche markets, such as modest clothing patterns are still growing. These cottage industry businesses emphasize customer service as well as quality products.