Beginner Sewing Series: Part 2- Simplicity Pattern 2290

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This is Part 2 in the series. We are working with Simplicity pattern #2290 to make a pair of comfy pants.
In this video I walk you through the steps on how to prepare your fabric for this project, how to prep and select your pattern piece and how to layer the pattern piece on your fabric to cut out the necessary fabric pieces. This is a great beginning sewing project where I show you how to read and understand a commercial sewing pattern.

If you have not watched Part 1 in the series you can check it out here:

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  1. What a clever and totally functional idea to zigzag stitch the raw edges of the fabric before washing it for the first time! And I never would have thought to cut the markers notches on the pattern/fabric to the outside instead of into the fabric. I am really enjoying your tutorials and learning so much.

  2. hi what happens if you forget to cut the notches out on the paper pattern?

  3. e5wife says:

    Thank You so much, your tutorials are great! Is there anyway you could do a tutorial for Simplicity Pattern 5443 ? Its a scrub top pattern. I am have an issue with too much slack in my v neck. No matter what I do, it wont' lay flat. Please help me and Thank You! You are so very talented!

  4. 5rhymez says:

    I'm using a Burdastyle pattern from online. It didn't come with illustrations telling me what side of the fabric to place- and cut- the pattern pieces from. i'm making pants and I don't want to ruin them before I begin. Are they supposed to be on the right or wrong side of the fabric? Also, if there is one piece for the front, should I flip it over and cut 2?

  5. SuperKrock5 says:

    To get there. Just click on my face. Haha love it!

  6. another question, on my pattern, (a simple dress but with a kind of bodice and a skirt) on the skirt it says 5/8 in Hem allowed, so that would mean it does include the seam allowance, but on the bodice, it doesn't say, so i need to add it? (it only says: "total ease above body measurement is approximately 2 21/2 in" that means i need to add or that is has already the seam allowance???)

  7. bree sanders says:

    aww sooo cute looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool

  8. I love the way you explain in your tutorials.  Thank You 🙂

  9. You are AMAZING!! I understood everything , haha it all makes since now . Keep doing what your doing you're awesome!!

  10. Thank you so much. This is absolute perfection for explaining clearly and comprehensively. Wonderful!

  11. skelofdoc195 says:

    I have already cut out my pieces, not realizing that I should have cut the notches out on the extra bit of the material… would it be OK to make small incisions into the seam allowance for these markers, or is the another way of doing it so I don't make any more mistakes?  

  12. Anne MK Kim says:

    What I was looking for! Thanks!

  13. awesome tutorial, thank you so much,  I'm motivated to start what I've stopped learning while I was a teenager. congratulations.

  14. I like the way do present your videos.  Simple, right to the point, without obnoxious music.

  15. very informative thank you for sharing! 😀

  16. Thank you so much for these. I learned to make a couple things back when I was a teen, and have no sewn in about 20 years. I just bought a new machine and I'm hoping to make some stuff for my son and my sister's new baby. I've never used a pattern before, so this is so useful! Thank you

  17. could you do the pattern: simplicity 1363? " easy summer sewing "

  18. sirskeptic says:

    This is EXACTLY what I needed.  Thank you so much.

  19. davegoes says:

    Thank you so much for these pattern cutting tips.

  20. lueg3 says:

    Crafty Gemini is amazing, I have sewed for year and it was luck if I cut it straight, she taught me how to cut straight lines. Guess your never to old to learn, I'm 80. I watch all her classes. Thank you

  21. Thanks, just what I needed!!

  22. Aimee S says:

    If I want to shorten the length, I just have to fold it over as indicated in your video and then cut as usual?  Just want to make sure I will be doing that part correctly. Thanks so much for your videos!

  23. Kay says:

    would I be able to put elastic on the bottom of the legs too? also would mossy oak camo fleece work good with this pattern

  24. thank you so much made my first pair and they came out awesome.  You made it easy.  I tried to make a pair in the past and they did not come out good but your tutorial helped me understand.  🙂 

  25. V.L. CASON says:

    Thank you so much for your amazing tutorials. You are clear and concise and easy to understand. You do an excellent job at demonstrating and explaining as you go without taking too much time. Love your channel!

  26. If I wanted to use a pattern more than once for multiple sizes, do you recommend starting with the largest and then recut the pattern to the size you want each time?  Once the pattern is cut to a smaller size, you'll never be able to use it for a larger one again…. is there a way to cut out large and then use it for each size and save the pattern?

  27. ljemerick says:

    Thank you! The directions on the pattern left a lot to be desired about how to cut it out, especially for a beginner. Your directions and explanation were very clear and easy to understand.

  28. Alisa Thomas says:

    Fantastic video…very easy to understand.  Thanks so much!

  29. soblsd says:

    I enjoy all your videos on anything and everything & love how thorough you are in explaining. You by far do a fantastic job in every video. Thank you thank you

  30. MimzyManor says:

    Your videos are so so so great, thank you!!

  31. saqsay1 says:

    Very professional tutorial. I enjoyed it.

  32. Barbara says:

    You are a wonderful teacher Vanessa!!!!! <3

  33. I'm learning how to sew for the first time and you have made is to easy to learn. i will make it my business to follow you. keep up the good work and thank you

  34. Alex Lujan says:

    Hi hope your New Years was awesome!! Was wondering how would I cut out a small and medium and large patterns from the pattern without ruining the others please help thank you!!

  35. do you have a video on the simplicty pattern A6198. having trouble with the neck.

  36. Bump688 says:

    Thank you for your video, it's straight forward and easy to understand. Hope you don't mind but I have a question I hope you can help with. Is it possible to add 2" to the bust/chest area of a pattern where the rest of the pattern fits ok, and how would one do that. Would it be from the centre of that area on the pattern?

  37. Lisa Smith says:

    Can you please tell me why you use zig zag stitch before washing material. Can I use just regular straight stitch? Ty

  38. Ursula Renee says:

    Easy to understand.

  39. The Big Time says:

    I love you tutorial, I'm a little confused about one thing, you cut out a extra large size, when you want large, medium, or small , do you still cit them out single that it looks like straps with a hole in the middle? Do you understand what I'm saying? I know this is a crazy question, I have add and I'm trying to learn how to use patterns and I think I make it harder than what this is

  40. The Big Time says:

    Also do you ever FaceTime a person to help them? I know your thinking I have a crazy lady on my hands! Lol you don't just someone who is eager to learn😄

  41. Raab Rakhaa says:

    I liked your videos. you are amazing.

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