Learning how to sew your own clothes is a way to dress yourself in
exactly the kind of style you want and a method many people are
learning today to save money. Clothing bought in stores is expensive
when not on sale and often does not fit right. Sometimes the result
is spending more money on alterations than you originally did when
purchasing the item. In order to create your own clothes, you will
first need to learn how to sew, both by hand and on a machine.
Here are some sewing tutorials for how to sew your own clothes.
Some of these ideas are ways to embellish clothes you have
already, use fabric from other sources such as a pillowcase, and
projects you'll learn from the beginning.
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Start your sewing career by gaining skills at patching, hemming,
button sewing and adding material to a garment. If you decide to
purchase a sewing machine, it may take a few days to figure out the
controls so practice on old material until you think you are ready
to tackle a project.
When learning how to sew your own clothes use easy to sew patterns
meant for beginning sewers. Skirts, hats and doll clothes make good
amateur projects with which to hone your skills. Choose fabrics that
easily allow needles through and foldable. Avoid heavy fabrics such
as leather, velvet or suede, as well as stretchy or knit material.
Embellish your clothes or use fabric from elsewhere
Many new sewers find that an easy way to learn to read patterns is
to begin by making their own patterns. To accomplish this, start by
taking the stitches out of an old piece of clothing and writing
numbers on them with chalk to designate layers in case you want to
sew it back together later.
Find some pattern paper, such as butcher-block paper, newspaper or
actual pattern paper available at all craft stores. Trace each piece
of the old garment on the pattern paper using a pencil first, than
marking over the pencil with permanent marker. Cut the pieces out
and try making the same piece of clothing using the pattern you