There’s a wide range of reasons why you might be attracted to the idea of making your own clothes. Whether it’s to make sure that your whole wardrobe fits you perfectly, to know you’re not contributing to child labor and worker’s exploitation, or simply to carve out your own unique style. Whatever your reasons, I’m sure you’re starting to find that crafting isn’t as easy as it seems on the surface! Here are some of my best tips for getting started.
I believe networking is one of the best ways to learn more about anything, and sewing and craftwork is no exception! If you’ve been looking at some patterns online and you can’t make heads or tails of them, then it may be a good idea to find someone a little more knowledgeable to translate it into plain English. The owners of fabric shops are usually pretty good for this. Aside from that, you could look for some sewing groups on social media, chat to the people there, and ask about anything that you’re not sure of. If you prefer doing things face to face, then you can always look for sewing workshops and classes in your local area. Networking and surrounding yourself with people who share your passion is one of the most effective ways to learn more about sewing.
A Few Warnings
Like with anything, it’s good to know about some of the common mistakes tied to sewing. First of all, don’t think you’re going to save an absolute fortune on new clothes! Quality wholesale fabric, along with thread, workshops, patterns and books will all cost you. If learning how to sew is a financial decision rather than out of a love for the hobby, then I advise you reconsider. Secondly, I’ll give you a more practical tip; when you first buy any piece of fabric, wash it on a normal cycle before you use it in any project. I’m sure you don’t want to spend hours on a beautiful dress, and then have it shrink in the wash!
We’re all pretty lucky to live in 2017. Today, no matter what it is you’re trying to get good at, you can be pretty certain that there’s online materials which will set you off on the right track. Take this post, for example! When trying to get into sewing your own clothes, you should be leveraging these materials as much as possible. I probably don’t have to tell you this already, but start to eat, drink and sleep all the YouTube tutorials you can find. Even if the project isn’t something you’re interested in, watching these kinds of videos can teach you a lot of jargon and expose you to useful techniques. Losing yourself in Pinterest can also be a great way to broaden your horizons, find out more about the techniques behind certain pieces, and discover just how much you can do with a sewing machine. Of course, you’re not going to learn how to sew well without doing any sewing, so be sure to print off a few free or cheap beginner’s patterns and get working!