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16 May 2012 - 01:2084134
sew a waistcoat as a complete beginner
Hey all!

You might have seen my other post about dying stuff but I've come to the conclusion that I need to learn how to sew to advance my cosplaying and I was just wondering as a complete beginner to sewing machines other than having been taught them in primary school (which I have now forgotten) how much of a bad idea would it be to pop my sewing cherry with a waist coat?

I'm not wanting anything fancy, just something along the lines of : this I don't even think it would need to have pockets etc.

Thanks in advance.

16 May 2012 - 06:5084145
It looks pretty simple, basically three pieces of fabric. I found sewing a jacket for the first time the sleeves are the trickiest part, so you get to avoid that! Oh and it may sound patronisingly obvious but having a pattern helps a lot.

16 May 2012 - 07:2884146
Actually I'd say a waistcoat is a very good first sewing project! They're relatively simple to make and don't have too many pieces.

I'd recommend using a pattern to help you start to understand the shapes involved in clothing construction. I've always found Kwik Sew to be the most user-friendly pattern company, they tend to use less jargon than others and everything's cleanly laid out. Here's a link to some Kwik Sew men's waistcoat patterns.

16 May 2012 - 13:4484169
Thanks guys for the advice. Next question will be about what sewing machine to get but I'll leave that for another day after expo when I have money and time to look

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