100 (FREE and paid) EASY Sewing Patterns for BEGINNERS with a TWIST!

I’ve put together 100 easy sewing patterns BUT with a twist.

Don’t worry it ain’t a CATCH (twist) it’s a GOOD twist (in your favour)!

The twist is simple. You can figure out where you are with your sewing skills and abilities using the graphic below in the article. 

Then depending on the ‘level’ you find yourself to fall under try to stick to any patterns in that range until you feel confident enough to move on to the next.

I wanted to give you this as a means to be able to gauge your progress so that you can feel like you are evolving in your sewing

I think that it’s important to feel a sense of accomplishment with whatever we do AND especially with sewing because it helps in keeping us on track for longer and not give up!

Because until you do sewing my friend, you will quickly learn that sewing requires A LOT of patience AND I ain’t risking losing you before you get a good feel of what sewing really is like.

There really is something sweet and tasteful about sewing and in particular being able to sew your own clothes that, I can’t fully explain about so, until you reach to that point you wouldn’t know.

In the meantime, I will help you to keep on track and not give up. 

Where would you say you’re at with your sewing skill level?

How to choose EASY sewing patterns

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What sort of easy patterns can you expect to find in the list?

You can find all sorts from; trousers, to skirts, dresses, tops to even vintage wear!

What makes this list fantastic is that you will find something wearable in whichever level you fall under. 

I have included a mix of the Classic patterns and Indie Patterns as well as FREE downloadable PDF patterns too.

So, that the hesitant beginners out there don’t have an excuse for getting started;)

What is a classic sewing pattern?

Classic sewing patterns are your traditional; Simplicity, NewLook, McCalls, KwikSew, Butterick Patterns.

They are the pattern companies that have been around for the longest time. That typically come in an envelope with the patterns graded and printed on tissue paper.

Reading them for the first time on your own can be quite a task but highly recommend you watch this video by Astar’s Place demonstrating how these work. It’s the video I watched and enjoyed learning from when I was getting started in learning how these patterns work!

Also If you need help picking a size then I have an article about how to take body measurements for patterns to help you with that. 

What is an indie pattern?

Indie patterns comes from the term ‘Individual’ that are patterns designed by small companies or individuals. The rise of indie patterns through the years has truly revolutionised the sewing pattern game because of how they make them so user friendly but what is more is that you will find a company that really suits your sense of style.


Some Notes: 

  • Some free downloadable PDF patterns may require you to provide your email first then only they will send it to you. My thought is that if you can get your hands on a free pattern from which you can make many possible pieces to add to your collection then giving away the email is totally worth it;)
  • Don’t be alarmed when you see that some patterns  in the list below can be accessed going through a site called AllFree Sewing because “credit has to go to the source I discovered the pattern, right?”




Classic Patterns

MCCALLS M6102 Misses’ Dress in 2 lengths

Simplicity Skirt 8133

Simplicity Essential Tops 8061

Vogue Top V1355

Mccalls Top &Tunic M6927B5

Butterick Jacket, Vest Pants Plus Size B5473W

Indie Patterns

I Am Patterns Lucienne Shirt by Fabric Godmother

Hinterland Dress by Sew Liberated
Collins Overalls PDF by Our Lady of Leisure
Cleo Pinafore + Dungaree Dress by Tilly & The Buttons
The Assembly Line Cuff Top by Drapers Daughter

FREE PDF Patterns

The  Eucalyptus Shorts by Mood Fabrics

The Clover Crop Top By Mood Fabrics

Sorbetto by Colette Patterns

Ruffle Sleeve Top by Peppermint

Fiona dress pattern by Closet Case Patterns

60s Inspired top by Sew Different


Classic Patterns

Simplicty Dress S1080

NewLook Dress & Pant 6602

New Look Skirt NL6843

Simplicity Skirt S1200

Simplicity Coat S8798

Mccall’s M7976Y

Indie Patterns

Carrie Trousers by Sew Over It

The Simple Sew Stylish Shell Top by Simple Sew Patterns

Laurel by Colette Patterns

Sky by Colette Patterns

True Bias Emerson Pant & Short SEWING PATTERN by Ghuthrie & Ghani

Bettine Dress by Tilly & The Buttons

FREE Patterns

The Lantana Maxi Shirt by Mood Fabrics

The Aster Pants by Mood Fabrics

Orla Dress by French Navy

Pleated Summer Dress by Peppermint Magazine

The Cypress Dress by Mood Fabrics

The Primrose Pants by Mood Fabrics



Classic Patterns

New Look Dress NL6567

Mccall’s Dress M6696 

Burda Trousers BD7058

Simplicity Skirt 8019

Kwik Sew Jacket K3334

Burda Plus size Tunic BD6786

Simplicity Plus size Dress 8258

Indie Patterns

Rosa Shirt & Shirt Dress 1013 by Tilly & The Buttons

Orla Top 7009 by Tilly & The Buttons

Cocoon Jacket by Simple Sew Patterns

Alice & Co Whitechapel by Fabric Godmother 

Aster by Colettes Patterns

Negroni by Colette Patterns

Indigo Top & Dress by Tilly & The Buttons

FREE Patterns

The Shirley Dress by Mood Fabrics

Melia Blouseby Mood Fabrics

Anne Dress Pattern by On The Cuttingfloor

Copen Top & Dress by Made to Sew

The Elaeis Shirt by Mood Fabrics

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