Understanding Bobkin Tutorials
Bobkin patterns are set at an intermediate level due to the information and guidance given within the tutorial itself. We do not set the level to reflect the difficulty of the pattern and it's construction. Keeping this in mind, we do not recommend our patterns for beginner sewists who are learning to sew. In saying that, an advanced beginner might find our tutorials a great way of testing their sewing skill set.
Learning to sew takes practice, patience, and guidance. If you are teaching yourself to sew, it can be difficult to know exactly what your sewing level is. The majority of Pdf patterns today are full of step-by-step tutorials. The information is very detailed and it can help you to construct a garment, beyond the level, you would normally be capable of.
Determining your sewing level is different from being able to complete a garment using a step-by-step tutorial. Constructing a garment using a pattern, without the tutorial, will give you a better idea of where you sit as far as your sewing level is concerned. It is a way of using the knowledge you already possess to construct a garment without the help of a tutorial. In doing this, you will be able to determine what you know and what you will need to learn to both improve on your skill set and reach the next level.
Your sewing level is not a measure of your ability but merely a marker on your personal sewing journey. Truly knowing where you are on your sewing journey, will help you to find and learn the techniques you wish to add to your skill set. Using patterns and learning skills within your level is key to growing and becoming confident in your ability. Practice each new skill or technique as often as you can so that it is engrained in you. If you find a pattern hard, don't give up on it. Come back to it later. Try and find patterns, designers and teachers that you click with. We all take in and give information differently. When you do find a tutorial, you have a light bulb moment with, stick with that designer. Buy all of their patterns and learn as much as you can from them.
Enjoy where you are at on your sewing journey. Don't feel intimidated or uneasy around more seasoned sewists. Instead, pick their brains because most creative people love to share. The biggest lesson you can learn is to not believe there is one perfect way to finish a hem or sew a seam. There are many ways and have fun trying to come up with a few more. Try each method you come across and learn as much as you can. You will eventually find your groove, the finishes you love and your own way of constructing your garments. The right way to sew is the way you prefer to do it.