Another post which expanded so much it has become unwieldy and I have divided it in two :
A. Main topics on difficulty and practising :
– the same garment feature, such as a neckline or sleeve, can be made using several different techniques which are at different levels of difficulty.
– some suggestions for practising.

B. Suggestions for easy top patterns.
(See also the beginner wardrobe post).

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These are now the sections in this group of posts on learning to sew :

1. Start on the path to learning to sew :
1A. Pattern lines which teach.
1B. Some big ‘learn to sew’ courses.
2. Some shorter courses.

3. Make making easier – levels of difficulty, suggestions for practising.

Moving on from the basics

4. Variations (there was originally a section on this in the cut-on sleeve posts (see below), but it became very long and widened to cover changing more styles) :
Variations A : change style elements.
Variations B : from pullover to open front.
Variations C : using your fibre-arts skills

5. Become aware of your many styles.

6a. Beginner wardrobe A : add skills as you make clothes.
6b. Beginner wardrobe B : some possible outfits/ capsules from specific pattern lines.

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These are posts on specific easy-make garment styles :

Cut-on sleeve tops – group of five posts :
1. patterns,
2A. Reasons to make a test garment.
2B. Making a test garment, and adjusting for fit and preferences.
2C. An example of a changed test garment, plus how to revise your pattern.
3. sewing a cut-on sleeve top.

Peasant-style tops with gathered neckline and raglan sleeves.
More easy tops

Elastic-waist skirts.
Elastic-waist pants.

Robe style jackets.

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