I get a LOT of people asking me about my tips for starting to sew your own clothes so I figured I should write them all down for you.
I’ve been sewing for a number of years now and I’ve had my fair share of mistakes I have to say!
- Accessories are a great way of starting, especially if you’ve never used a sewing machine before. Try head bands, scarves or maybe even some fabric belts?
- choose simple and classic designs. Emphasis on the simple!
- Always stick to easy to work with fabrics – cotton is always good.
- Don’t feel like you can’t use cheap fabrics – they are great for when you’re building your confidence.
- When you’ve got some projects that you’re happy with then try to experiment with more quality fabrics – it makes such a difference!
- When it comes to style – take your time and consider what you like and dislike. Think about what colors suit you and don’t be afraid to try things.
- Use a dress form if you can – it helps you really see how the piece is hanging.
- Get a really good sewing machine, but nothing overly complicated. If you’re a beginner then there’s a good guide to the best beginner sewing machines here.
- Get inspiration from other sewing blogs, Pinterest and from fashion magazines like Vogue. Creating your own clothes from on point, inspiring icons is what will distinguish you from others!
- Speaking of Pinterest – it’s great for curating your ideas about fashions you like, colours and fabrics.
- Get help – there’s no substitute for finding like minded people to ask for help. Whether you need technical help with working the machine, help deciding which pattern to go for or help fixing a mistake these people are a lifeline! Find sewing cafes, groups or just a FB group for locals. You might make some great friends.
Anything I’ve missed?