Saturday, June 28, 2014

More tips for dressmaking

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Well I've been making clothes for 6 months now and have learned a few things, here are my tips for starting dressmaking;

1. Start small. I started out very ambitious with my Cath Kidston Birds dress which led to it not fitting properly at the back and thus I never wear it.
Start out making cushions and bunting, something small that lets you understand how your sewing machine works and whether you have the patience for something bigger.

2. Get a sewing machine - don't get one of those cute colourful dinky ones, mine was £80 from Tesco, it's really basic and doesn't have a zip foot (which I would recommend - I avoid zips for this reason). One day I will upgrade, but if you can afford I'd recommend one about £150 with some snazzy extras like embroidery stitches and a zip foot and walking foot if you fancy making quilts.

3. Buy cheap fabric to start with, that way you won't get frustrated when you inevitably make mistakes.

4. Make things you like, model dresses/tops you like and recreate them. This seems like a no brainer but if you know your style you're more likely to wear what you've made.

5. Enjoy it! Dressmaking can be really tough but it's so rewarding, especially when people say oh I love what you're wearing, such satisfaction.

Have you got any tips for dressmaking?


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