Sewing Pattern

- Live Group Sew Along -


Do you dream of sewing your own clothes but feel like it’s impossible?

Do pattern instructions feel like they’re written in a foreign language?

Have you ever started a sewing project, then got so frustrated and confused that you just gave up?

Are you tired of seeing other people’s amazing projects online and wondering “Why can’t I do that?”

If any of that sounds familiar, then keep reading! 

Hi, my name’s Abbie!  I’ve been sewing for over 10 years, but guess what?  When I first started sewing, I was just as confused as you are now. There’s a lot of new things to learn and it can be confusing just trying to figure out where to start! You’ve got fabric, machines, tools, patterns, and the list goes on. 

But don’t worry.

I’ve learned a thing or two over the past decade, and I’ve got some good news for you. Once you make it through your first project or two,  things start to get a lot easier.

So that’s why I have created this course. I want to walk through your first project, step-by-step, so we can clear up the confusion and get you confidently creating your dream clothes.

Let me explain how that’s gonna work.

How To Read A

Sewing Pattern!

~ Modules ~

Week 0:


Before we even get started, you’ll get access to my Sewing Library. You’ll get access to:

  • Sewing Tools List : All the tools you’ll need to have before starting your first project
  • Beginner’s Guide to Sewing Machines: Overview of all the features you’ll want to look for in a sewing machine
  • Dream Machine Checklist: Super simple checklist to help you find the perfect sewing machine
  • And more!

*** You’ll need to have all your tools + sewing machine together before we begin the course.

During the first week, you’ll get access to the following modules:

~ How To Thread Your Machine

~ How To Take Measurements (The Basics)

~ How To Print Your Pattern

Each module includes a step-by-step video and a Quick Reference PDF.

This week is to make sure everyone understands the basics before we jump into creating your first design.

Week 1:

Sewing Basics

Which Pattern Will We Be Creating?

You Decide!

These super versatile t-shirt patterns from DIBY Club are a great starting point for your #MeMade wardrobe.


Mix and match fabrics, sleeve lengths, and collar styles to create a whole new wardrobe just from this pattern!



The steps are the same for both men + women so you can make clothes for the whole family!

Weeks 2-4:

Creating Your Design Step-by-Step

For the rest of the course, I will give you video tutorials for each step of the pattern instructions.

The videos will explain what’s happening in each step, then show you exactly how to do it yourself. 

I’ll break the pattern down into chunks, so each week you’ll get access to a new set of videos.

And now for the LIVE part...

You’ll have access to a private FB group, along with the other designers who sign up for the course. This FB group will give you:

~ A place to meet + be inspired by fellow designers

~ Ask any q’s you have about the project + ask for help if you get stuck or have problems

~ Access to weekly office hours where you can chat with me 1:1

~ Response to any Q within 48 hours

~ Be part of a sewing community!

The goal of this course is to help you feel confident about sewing your own clothes. If at any point you feel frustrated or confused, post about it in the FB group. I will be in their DAILY to make sure everyone is making progress and understands each step.

"I'm so happy to have finally made an article of clothing....something I've wanted to do for a long time! Thank you so much Abbie Messmer for opening new doors for all of us with this great class! I honestly don't know if I'd have ever tried knits without this it."
Linda J

So who am I , exactly?

So, like I said earlier, my name’s Abbie and I’m a sewing fanatic. I taught myself how to sew in the 9th grade (who does that?) and haven’t been able to stop since. If you can think of it, I’ve probably sewn it. Summer dresses, prom dresses, backpacks, a three-piece suit, stuffed animals, sweaters, a leather jacket, blankets, the list goes on.

In college, I had my mind blown when I ended up getting one my fashion designs accepted into an international sewing competition. And that competition changed my life (and the way I sew) forever. At that competition, I found incredible resources I had never heard of before that explained how to sew clothes using the same techniques as the fashion industry. 

Fun Fact: The big 4 pattern brands (Simplicity, Vogue, Butterick, and McCalls) don’t always follow industry standards. They sort of make up their own methods to make things easier. The problem with that is your finished garments can tend to look a little crafty, rather than professional. Who knew!

And that’s why I created D.I.Y. Fashion Rebel. I want to help D.I.Y. designers like yourself find the resources you need to make clothes, not crafts. Let’s work together to end the struggle + confusion so you can confidently start designing the clothing (and life) of your dreams!

Abigail Messmer

Stop wondering if this is possible for you.

Stop wasting your time searching around for only bits and pieces of the whole process.

If you wanna learn to sew clothes the right way, with an expert who will be by your side every step of the way… 

What are you waiting for?

How To Read a

Sewing Pattern

~ Recap ~

~ 4 Weeks of Guided Instructions

~ Choose your own pattern variation

~ Private FB Group to ask all your Q’s

~ Response to your Q’s within 48 hours

~ Step-By-Step video for every step of the pattern

~ Live Office Hours each week

~ Lifetime Access to all course material

~ Access to the Sewing Library 

~ Plus ton’s of Quick Reference guides and other goodies to make sewing fun + easy.

And, as a special Beta Bonus...

Buttons & Zippers Masterclass

Kick out the fear and confusion around these two closures.

I’m going to show you how to easily attach buttons and zippers to your projects so they look store-bought.

Zippers will be broken down into 3 parts:

~ Centered Zipper (Most Common)

~ Fly Front Zipper (Front of Pants)

~ Invisible Zipper (Most Professional)


6-Month Access to the

D.i.Y. Fashion Rebel Academy!

I’m on a mission to help people learn to sew their own clothes.

And I know there’s no way I can cover it all in 4-weeks.

Which is why I’m putting together a comprehensive library of how to videos + projects to take you from absolute beginner to the designer of your dreams.

New content will be released monthly, so that you can sew-along. Think about it. By the end of 2020, you could be rocking a #MeMade wardrobe.

Since the content hasn’t been created just yet, you can be part of the process! Tell me what you want to learn and I’ll tailor my course around your needs.

And finally...

Exclusive discounts on all future courses!

As a big thank you for being part of this journey, I want to give you some special discounts and freebies.

So if you sign up now you’ll be on my special founders list and get early access and exclusive discounts that won’t be available to anyone else.


The next sew-along starts in March 2nd! So come on, what are you waiting for?

Remember that you’ll need to have all of your sewing supplies together before the sew-along starts.

3-5 hours a week. 

Come on, I know you watch more Netflix than that in a week!

We will be using a T-shirt pattern from DIBY Club. 

You can check out the patterns using the links below.

Men’s Pattern:https://doitbetteryourself.club/product/mens-shirt-pattern-free/

Women’s Pattern: https://doitbetteryourself.club/product/free-womens-shirt-pattern/

You have access to all Sew-Along content forever.

That includes the:

~ Step-by-step video tutorials

~ (3) modules released during Week 1

~ Bonus: Button and Zippers Masterclasses

~ All PDF’s + Quick Reference Guides

~ Any future modules that get added to this Sew-Along

However, I will only be available to answer questions and host office hours during the official 4-weeks of the sew-along.


Are you ready to learn
how to read

A Sewing Pattern?

End the confusion around sewing your own clothes and finally start creating your dream wardrobe!