Learn to Sew Your Clothes: Sewing Basics 1

Make the cozy Nocturne Pajama Pants

Sew your first garment in Sewing Basics 1, our online course designed to kick-start your garment sewing confidence!

We’ll teach you, step-by-step, how to sew up a pair of comfy Nocturne Pajama pants. You’ll be amazed at what you can make with the help of our expert instruction and community support.

Even if you have never sewn a garment before, this course guides you through every step of sewing: fabric selection and preparation, cutting out, assembling, and sewing your Nocturne Pants, all with a sense of fun and friendship.

Never used a sewing machine before? You might want to start with Intro to Sewing before jumping into this course.

Meg wears a black, sleeveless dress over a colorful handknit sweater. She is sitting next to her sewing machine and holding scissors in her hand.

In this thorough, warm, and supportive online course – designed to feel like a multi-week in-person class – you’ll not only make a cozy pair of pajama pants … you’ll feel super accomplished and excited to have a new hobby!

Watch (and re-watch) any time – your course access never expires.

In class, you’ll be using the Nocturne Pajamas PDF pattern, which comes in sizes 0-34 and is included in your enrollment.  This pattern also includes the matching top, perfect for diving into after you finish the pants!

Pajama pants are the BEST first project – low stakes, very useful, and a perfect form of self-care. The Nocturne Pajama Pants are perfect for loungewear, but depending on the fabric you choose, you can also wear them out and about. The pants feature a simple, comfortable paper bag waist, with the option of a lower rise, basic elastic waistband. The pockets, of course, are deep and luxurious.

Skills learned:

  • How to choose fabric
  • How to take your measurements and choose your size
  • How to lengthen or shorten a pattern
  • How to choose between elastic types
  • Working with notches
  • Understanding fabric anatomy
  • How to properly iron and press
  • Confidently cut out your fabric
  • Pinning 101
  • How to sew straight and curved seams
  • How to finish your seams so they don’t unravel
  • How to sew an elastic waistband
  • How to hem pants

This course is part of our Learn to Sew Your Clothes learning path, a series designed to accompany you as you level up your sewing skills.

Hear what our Learn to Sew students are saying:

I am in the position of having sewed for years, but not really feeling confident at all. Every time I successfully execute a project I'm not quite sure how I got away with it, and I put off the next one as long as possible because I'm so unsure of if I can pull it off again!. I wasn't sure what to expect from the Learn To Sew Your Clothes Course, but already after the first modules I have gotten information that is invaluable. Simple things that as a self-taught sewer no one ever told me, things that are making it clear to me why I have not been able to sew with confidence. I look forward to going deeper into the course, and with the knowledge I have gained so far to finally being able to work WITH my sewing machine instead of AGAINST it! The method of instruction - following the trajectory of an instructor teaching an actual student - makes it very easy to follow and understand. And having the community of other people in the class is an added bonus - a place to ask questions and get support. I could not be happier with my experience so far!

Ann

Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!

Karen

I looove your learning how to sew course! When watching the video, I feel like I'm in a room with a couple of friends who are teaching me to sew. When I'm sewing I am just blissed out and so happy to be doing something I've always wanted to do. I am sooo grateful for this opportunity and community and thoughtful teaching. You're not just designing good patterns, you're making sewists!

Kristin Koons

I love that the instructions are so clear and detailed and that they are presented in a relaxed and engaging way. Add in the fact that you can ask questions and get feedback from the community and members of the Sew Liberated team and you have the perfect sewing course!

Carolyn

Learning how to sew my own clothes has been a longtime goal of mine, but to be honest, I was a bit intimidated by it, and had no idea how to start. Fortunately, Sew Liberated's Learn to Sew course came along, and it was the perfect push I needed to finally make that goal happen.

I'm enrolled for the entire sequence of courses, and I appreciate how the very first course included information on how to choose fabric and use a sewing machine--it truly was beginner-friendly, and didn't assume any knowledge I had going in. I really appreciate the self-paced video format that included Sophia, also a beginner sewist, learning right along with us.

Since starting the course, I have now sewn two sets of Nocturne pajamas, as well as a Gypsum skirt (which I'm literally wearing right now as I type this), and I'm really proud of how far I've come! I'm also so proud of my classmates, whom I've been meeting via Sew Liberated's (non-social-media) groups pages, and it's been so nice to connect with other people who are also experiencing the learning process and sharing their own perspectives and questions.

On a broader level, I've become a lot more knowledgeable about fashion and clothing production, how to fit my body, and how to incorporate sewing into my self-care practice. Signing up for Learn to Sew has definitely been one of the best choices I've ever made.

Thu Ngo

I can't even tell you how much I have enjoyed your courses! My sister and I did the Studio Tunic together and now we are waiting impatiently for the Hinterland. Thank you so much for all your inspiration!

Lisa Hamilton

I have tried to learn pattern drafting from books, and have taken pattern drafting courses at community college, but not until Sew Liberated courses have I felt confident that I'm learning the concepts. Honestly, these are absolutely the best courses anywhere! Great designers, great teachers, and great website. You all rock!

Laura

This is a wonderful platform and the community is simply amazing! I am so grateful to be a part of it! I really love the way the lessons have been set up and I'm really loving that I can easily go back to a section and re-watch it just in case I missed something.

Melissa

I want to express how much I am enjoying the Learn to Sew courses. Shaerie is such a clear and fun instructor who answers even the most basic of questions. I learned something new in all the Learn to Sew courses. I also love Judith's super positive support in the chats in the course community.

Stephanie E

For rookies like me, the companion course to the Studio Tunic pattern is essential. The [course's] lighting and camera work are exceptional. The cast is superior: Shaerie is articulate and concise. Sophia is focused and calm. Together they're a congenial team. I learned so much from this excellent video course.

Jo

The course is absolutely incredible, and a true labor of love. It SHOWS! My husband is in cinematography, and I was so excited to show him the production value alone - you are doing an amazing job. It's like a masterclass - seriously! I know how much work, coordination, hours and hours of filming and edits, care and attention go into each and every fiber of this course (I work for a company that does online courses.) Please know how magical you have made this for us all.

Melanie T.

I just took the Beyond Sewing Basics course, which I loved! Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have ever seen and one of the reasons I signed up for the course.

Karen

Thanks for all your hard work, loving this platform hidden away from all the ads and gimmicks of social media. I typically tend to be a mostly silent observer on social media and often forget to engage or share, but your platform really makes me want to join in.

Emmiline L.

Who is it for?

This course is perfect for novices and beginners who are ready to dive into garment sewing. If you know a bit about sewing in general but have never (successfully) sewn a garment, this is the right course for you. We’ve got your back!

If you don’t know how to use a sewing machine or would like more in-depth instruction on working with sewing patterns and choosing fabric, you might consider starting with Intro to Sewing.

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Your instructor,

Shaerie Mead

Teaching people how to sew their own clothes is Shaerie Mead’s jam, and she’s been doing it for decades.

In addition to being a patternmaker and designer of her clothing line, Iona, she owned the much-loved Sew LA, a workshop space where she taught hundreds and hundreds of folks how to sew.

Shaerie’s clear, detailed, and approachable teaching style will put you at ease and deliver so many “ah-ha!” moments. She really gets how beginners learn, and she’s got your back.

“Shaerie is one of the best teachers I have come across, and I have taken A LOT OF CLASSES!” – Karen

Your other instructor,

Meg McElwee

There’s little Meg loves more than bringing mindfulness and a little bit of humor to the practice of sewing.

She brings her background as a progressive educator to the design and back end of the Learn to Sew Your Clothes series, and can’t wait to pop in to the lessons here and there to inject her expertise in sewing and creative styling.

Learn more about Meg, the founder of Sew Liberated.

Sophia is wearing a yellow sweatshirt and looking off to the left with a big smile.

Your fellow student,

Sophia Kiser

You won’t be alone on your journey! You’ll learn by watching upbeat and intrepid Sophia learn to sew.

She’ll ask all the important beginner questions that are on your mind. Thanks to Sophia’s candid learning curve, you’ll realize that everyone makes little mistakes, and it’s ok! Mistakes are simply the way we hone new skills.

You’ll be delighted to observe Sophia blossom as a sewist as the lessons progress, right alongside you.

“I’ve spent hours and hours with Shaerie and Sophia (I have taken every single class!) Sophia has grace, enthusiasm and a wonderful sense of humor.” – Lisa

learn to sew with friends

Join over 1500 students who have experienced the warmth and connection of Sew Liberated’s online course communities.

Your course includes membership in our online support group, hosted on our own website. No Facebook necessary.

You’ll love the ability to get answers to all of your questions and post project photos while making new friends who totally get your passion!

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FAQs

When can I start, and how much does it cost? 

You can start right away! The cost is $129, which includes the Nocturne Pajamas PDF sewing pattern and printed pattern pieces shipped to you (there may be an extra shipping fee for those outside the US). This price is similar to what you might pay for a comparable in-person class.

Will my course materials expire? Do I get lifetime access?

Yes, with your purchase you get lifetime access to the course videos and other materials – and the online support group for your course You also get lifetime access to the downloadable PDF sewing pattern paired with the course.

Do I need a machine and tools to get started?

For Sewing Basics 1, you will need to have a machine, basic sewing toolkit, and fabric. You can find a complete toolkit from EWE Fine Fibers here.

How do I get my pattern sheets?

When you sign up for Sewing Basics 1, your printed pattern sheets are included in your course purchase. We will mail your pattern sheets to your door, and you will be able to access your PDF pattern (which includes your instructions) from your My Account page on Sew Liberated’s website. Downloads do not expire.

How do I know if the patterns will fit me? 

We pride ourselves on having an inclusive size range. All of the patterns on the Learn to Sew Your Clothes learning path fit bust measurements up to 58.5” (147 cm), waist measurements up to 52.5” (133 cm) and hip measurements up to 61” (155 cm). We draft for a dressmaker’s C-cup (that’s a 3″ difference between your high bust measurement and your full bust measurement) and a height of 5’5″ (165 cm). You will learn simple adjustments like lengthening and shortening in this course.

What if I get stuck on a lesson or step?

That’s what our community support group is for! We are there to answer your questions and help you out. You might even find that someone has already asked the same question and there is a whole discussion to help. And if you prefer, you can always send us an email with any questions and we will be happy to guide you through any snags.

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