If you decide to learn to sew to save money on your clothing costs you may be surprised at the cost of sewing patterns. Patterns for designer clothing can cost $20-$30 or more! It is still cheaper than buying off the rack but with the internet there are plenty of places where you can find cheap, free or low cost patterns that you can use to create a beautiful wardrobe. Let’s look at how you can get sewing patterns on a budget.
Share with Friends
If you have friends that sew then sharing patterns is a great way to get free patterns. Be careful with the sizing though, typically patterns come in a variety of sizes and then you cut out your correct size, you may need to make allowances for patterns that are too small or too big. Check with friends and see if they have any old patterns they are willing to give or lend you. You can also check with the local library to see if there is anything there that you can use. There is nothing wrong with using used patterns, it doesn’t mean that you will end up with the same wardrobe as one of your friends, patterns just show you how to put the pieces together you can still choose different colors and fabrics.
Free Patterns Online
There is no shortage of sites online that will give you free sewing patterns. You can start your search on Pinterest they have loads of links there to free patterns and best of all you can look for things you like ahead of time. If Pinterest doesn’t work for you then you can head on over to Google and just type in what you want to make along with the keywords “free sewing patterns”. You will get millions of results. There are plenty of sewing fanatics out there who are willing to share the patterns they create. Sewing.org is one site with thousands of free patterns for nearly everything not just clothes but for crafts as well.
Learn to Make Your Own
What do you do if your favorite little black dress gets ripped and it is unfixable? Well if you learn to make your own sewing pattern you can a newer version of the dress that looks even better than the original. Creating a pattern from an existing piece of clothing is super easy, but even if you don’t have the original to work with, learning how to make your own patterns isn’t hard. You need pattern paper, a measuring tape and an idea of how patterns work. Before you know it you will be creating your own designs. Here is a look at how easy it is to create your own patterns.