getting started with sewing your own clothes – my tips

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?

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