Sewing 101: Resources for Beginners

Image of a sewing corner with a table where there are three machines: a sewing machine, a serger, and a overstitch
My Sewing Space

You’ve been thinking of learning how to sew. You might even have a sewing machine lying around. You dream of making anything from pillow cases all the way to fancy dresses and pants that actually fit. You don’t know how to start, and you don’t have any friends who sew. Your enthusiasm slowly fizzles, and soon enough sewing becomes another idea disappearing in your rearview mirror. 

Image of a woman with black hair standing in front of a white garage door. This woman wears a black t-shirt and a green skirt. She holds the top skirt to show the hem of the lining skirt.
A Simple Skirt with a Lining

Not this time, though! This is the year you will put scissors to fabric, and you will make all the things! You have a sewing planner, and you bought a bunch of patterns on a Joann sale. You even bought some fabric from the discount bin. You are sooooo ready! So let’s do this thing!

I compiled a few SewGoth blog posts that will be very helpful as you start (or restart!) your sewing journey. 

Tools and Equipment

Various sewing tools on a cutting table.

All About Buttons: It’s National Button Day!

All My Scissors

Fifteen Sewing Tools I Cannot Live Without

Gift Ideas for Sewists: A Comprehensive List


5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Started Sewing


Image of a strip of fabric with three rows of stitches
Gathered Sample

Sewing 101: How to Gather Fabric

Three Ways To Measure Yourself More Accurately


Image of a puffy black skirt on a dress form
A Simple Gathered Skirt

Because Not Enough Cat: Kitty Print Throw Pillows

Goth Sewing School, Skirts 101: Gathered Skirt Tutorial

Happy sewing!

Just like any other skill, sewing can be learned by anyone. It is not a talent, and no one is born a sewist. Don’t expect that your first project will be perfect. Plan on dedicating time to your craft. You will get better with every project you make. And don’t be afraid to wear what you sew—even if you don’t think it looks good. You’ll see that when you tell people you make your own clothes, all you’ll hear is oohhs and aahhs (and get ready for the sewing requests, for they will come!).

Have questions? Need help? Just comment below! And I’d love to share your projects 🙂



  1. Alyssa Brown
    February 6, 2024 / 7:38 pm

    So glad I found your blog! I’ve never been interested in learning to sew until recently. The only thing I’ve ever sewn was a terrible pillow in home economics in 7th grade! Now I’m 34 and can’t wait to learn how to sew my own clothes!

    • SewGoth
      February 8, 2024 / 7:11 pm

      And I’m glad that you are here!

      My main goal with the blog is to get other people sewing, so it’s great to hear that you found it. I’ll be doing more posts targeting beginners, and I hope you can find useful content here.

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