Learn to Sew: How to Read Patterns

I almost wore my Hawaiian sundress to work yesterday, but I thought that would just be too obnoxious.

But can you blame me? We’re finally on our way to Hawaii. Our plane leaves in a few hours and by this afternoon, I’ll be lounging on the beach with a tropical drink in my hand. YAY!

Needless to say, there won’t be a whole lot of sewing going on next week, but I made sure to get the third episode of the Learn to Sew series up and running for you before I left:

How to Read a Pattern and Choose Fabrics


If you’ve ever ventured into a fabric shop and tried to read the mysterious language on the back of a pattern envelope,


wondered what all of those marks on the pattern mean and


wanted to know how to choose fabric and cut out the pattern,


then this episode is just what you’ve been looking for.

Join me here for the third episode in the new Learn to Sew series. It’s free and you can access it anytime you like.

If you missed the first two episodes you can find them here:

Learn to Sew: Essential Sewing Tools In this episode you learn how to get your sewing machine up and running, wind a bobbin and what tools you need to get started on your sewing adventures.

Learn to Sew: Basic Sewing Machine Stitches  This is where your sewing adventure begins. You’ll learn to sew a straight stitch, basting stitch, gathering stitch, zig zag stitch, reverse stitch, how to turn a corner and how to make a buttonhole. Then you’ll practice your newfound skills by creating your own pillowcase.

Well, I’m off on my tropical adventure, but I’ll still have my computer with me if you have any questions or comments on this new episode.



About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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18 Responses to Learn to Sew: How to Read Patterns

  1. Gaye Young says:

    Don’t forget my puka shell necklace! Aloha my friend

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Kitschy Chic says:

    Love Hawaii! And, if you get the chance, make sure to pick up some of their boldly colorful printed cottons. They make for great dresses! Enjoy.

  3. Deb hunt says:

    If u r in Honolulu there are a couple of great fabric stores. Fabric Mart and Kaimuki Dry Goods. Have fun.

  4. Katherine finch says:

    I second Kaimuki dry goods. Lots of imported fabrics but still some aloha prints. If you can only go to one, go to KDG. A little hard to find but GPS can get you there

  5. Jo H. says:

    Hope you have a wonderful, restorative, and tasty trip, Beth!

  6. mollynlucien says:

    Beth, If you are going to Oahu, they have an outdoor traders market called the Swap Meet. You would LOVE it . . . has lots of local artisan crafts and you can also buy fun Hawaiian print fabrics!!! Have a wonderful trip!

  7. debflack64 says:

    Oh, you will LOVE Hawai’i! Enjoy the fabulous weather!
    If you like the outdoors, go to the Dole Plantation on Oahu and take the self-guided garden tour – lots of neat information on plants and culture. Also, for historic culture, the Bishop Museum is fabulous. The local swap meet Mollynlucien mentioned above is at the stadium – Sundays and Wednesdays, I believe.
    If you plan to hike Diamond Head, take plenty of water, *good* sneakers, and a camera! It’s a workout, but the view is amazing.
    Aw, just ENJOY!

  8. UtaC says:

    Have fun.. safe travels.. 😉

  9. vintage51 says:

    Reblogged this on vintagethrifter51.com and commented:
    Great tips for people who like to sew or are learning to sew.

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