If you are confused by patterns with detailed instructions, you may find it as confusing (if not more so) to try and make these garments without the guidance of these tools.
IMO - You should try the pattern route again, but:
1. Be sure you are starting with a pattern that is designed for beginners. The required skill level is written on the pattern
envelope. If it doesn't say "Beginner" or "Easy", don't use it (yet).
2. Read all the instructions before you begin, even before you buy the pattern. If it still seems confusing, look for
3. Take a sewing class for beginners. There are basic principals that you may not understand working from a video or
written instructions. Having an expert with you will help.
4. For your first projects, use materials that are easy to work with. Don't use stretchy, slippery, or easy to ravel fabrics.
Stay away from fuzzy (nap), plaids and stripes.
at 11:32 AM on Apr. 4, 2011