Let me clarify. Pattern companies, and I mean all pattern companies, just want us to sew and make cool stuff. I love and admire each and every one of them. I avoid rating or criticizing them because art and instructions for art are subjective. I think we just need two sets of difficulty ratings to be realistic: sewing difficulty and fitting difficulty. A very fitted top or sheath dress may be easy to sew with very few seams, but getting that close fit to match your very own real human body is a whole other thang. An experienced sewer can be brought to her wit’s end with fitting issues and I know that beginners (who are seeing the big EASY printed on the pattern envelope) are just plain baffled. They try so hard only to make a garment that just doesn’t fit. A great beginner pattern combines ease of sewing with ease of fit. These are some favorite patterns for beginners.
If you are a beginner, look for designs that are not close-fitting to begin with. After you have a few seams under your belt, seek out some pattern fitting education. I have dedicated my heart, soul and career to the Palmer/Pletsch Tissue Fitting Method because it works and I never have to sew a muslin! This, combined with sewing in my undies, ‘cuz it’s quicker to fit as I sew, makes for great fit and much sewing happiness. Treat yourself to a pattern fitting class and get good. Your sewing heart will thank you. And don’t worry, I teach fully-clothed!
Hugs & stitches,