Top Tips for Making Your Own Clothes

Making your own clothing is a really useful skill to have. It is something that can be a lot of fun, and it is a great way to ensure that you are always wearing something unique when you go to parties.Let’s face it there’s nothing worse than turning up to a big event wearing the same outfit as one of your friends.

make_your_own_clothesIf you want to make your own clothes, then you should focus on simple patterns first, and learning how to use a sewing machine. Knitting is time consuming, but if you learn how to read a normal cloth pattern and use a sewing machine then you will be well positioned to make most garments – from dresses and shirts to trousers, vests, skirts, coats and more.

Reading patterns looks intimidating at first, but it’s actually surprisingly simple. Don’t expect to be able to get a pattern done in just one afternoon. Be willing to work slowly and methodically. Draw out the pattern on your chosen cloth using chalk, and check it before you cut it.

Once it is cut, line it up carefully, and start sewing. You can do well even with a standard domestic sewing machine – these are portable easy to use devices that don’t take up a lot of space and that can do a lot of stitch types. They are relatively sloe, however, and they can’t handle heavy fabrics as well as an industrial sewing machine.

They’re fine for light summer dresses, but if you want to make something fancier out of heavy fabrics then you might find that it is slow going, or that the machine just can’t chew through the material very well.

Industrial machines are great for things like simple lock-stitches, and they are able to work on heavier fabrics, even at low speeds for precision work. However, they take up a lot of space, and they are harder to learn to use. Don’t buy one unless you know that you are going to get a lot of use out of it.

Sewing with a machine takes a little getting used to, but it is so much faster (and, believe it or not, usually neater for garments) than sewing by hand. It will give you even stitches, strong, straight seams, and a more professional looking finish.

For your first attempts, you may want to grab some sewing books for beginners. Then look at the way that professionally made garments are made. This will help you to figure out what good construction looks like. Make sure you have a large, clean surface to work on. Get some good tracing paper, pattern weights, and high quality scissors.

Don’t skimp on your tools – poorly made tools, or a lack of tools, will make it almost impossible to get the job done well. Basics like good scissors, pins, pattern weights and tracing paper will make your early attempts at learning to sew more successful and more enjoyable as well.

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