Sewing your own clothes isn’t only fun because of the creative process, it also feels great to have the freedom to design your own dress or top and make something out of your own ideas, and eventually wear something that no one else has. It’s nice, yes, but you will find that sewing clothes isn’t exactly a walk in the park especially if you are not a tailor and do not have any prior experience with thread and needles.
Even if this is the case, fret not – we have the best tips that will help you sew the perfect dress. So gather your sewing machine, colorful threads, fabrics of all sizes and needles, and let’s get started!
Start with something simple :
If you do not have any prior experience in sewing clothes, it’s better to stick to the easy ones and just move on to more complicated pieces once you have gotten used to sewing. Make a skirt or a dress with a simple pattern instead of attempting to make anything fancy right away. Just like with everything, you have to learn the basics first before you move up to the next chapter.
Take your measurements properly :
You won’t be able to sew a dress in the right size if you don’t measure yourself (or the person you are making the garment for) first.
The three main measurements to take are the bust, waist, and the hips. These three will already give you a general idea of what size you need your garment to be, but there will be more measurements to take depending on what you are making. For example, if you are making a dress with a full skit, you don’t have to follow your exact hip measurement since it won’t be necessary – you just need to gauge the size of the skirt that will be wide enough for you.
Depending on the style of the clothes, you also want to take the measurements for the distance between shoulders, distance from shoulder to waist, the circumference of the armpits (where the shoulder and arm meet), circumference of the wrist, distance of waist to the knee, waist to the ankle, and the length you want your shirt or skirt to be.
Make the garment using a muslin fabric first :
After taking the measurements, sew your dress using a muslin fabric first instead of the fabric of your choice. This will help you determine if there are any problems with the fit and if there are any issues you have overlooked. Consider this first version as your practice as well; so that you are more familiar with your pattern by the time you make the actual dress.
Seek guidance from your wardrobe :
Looking at the clothes from your wardrobe and following their patterns, sizes, and shapes will help you a lot. Professional tailors make them and they actually fit you well, so you won’t have to start from scratch.
Make your own patterns from recycled paper, newspaper, or old clothes :
If you have clothes that you no longer wear and you have no problem taking apart, you can use them as your pattern. This is a foolproof solution. You can also use old newspapers and recycled papers. You don’t have to spend a single dime for patterns!
Get a tailor’s dummy
If you plan to sew your own clothes in the future, you might want to get a tailor’s dummy. This will help in visualizing how the dress actually looks when worn as opposed to just being held up. Invest in an adjustable one for the best results, but if you want to save money, go for the non-adjustable dummies.