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How to Make Your Own Clothing


Have you ever wanted to make your clothes? This is the perfect way to create your personal style and sports pieces of clothing you are proud to wear, showing off your character and talent. You may be surprised to learn that you do not have to be a trained seamstress to start making your own wardrobe, and with the COVID-19 pandemic forcing you to spend more time indoors, there has never been a better time to try your hand at making your very own clothing.

Here are some top tips you may like to keep in mind:

Choose materials


The materials you choose will play a big part in how the finished garment is going to look, so it would be best to browse through a selection to find the fabric you are happy with. While you may be able to purchase cheap fabric from markets or thrift stores, purchasing from recommended fabric stores in London will ensure the pattern you need is in large supply if you make amistake or require more fabric to complete the garment. 

Get a sewing machine


First thing is first, you will need to purchase a quality sewing machine as it is highly unlikely, you will have the time and patience to create garments by hand. Before jumping in and buying a machine, it would be wise to read up more about each as it will be a costly investment. It can be impossible to know what you are looking for if you have never owned a sewing machine before, but some stores offer you the chance to try before you buy, which can help you make a more rational decision. There are two types of sewing machines to be aware of, and each has its pros and cons:

• Household sewing machine: This type tends to be compactand easier to transport. It can perform several stitch typesbut, unfortunately, is not very powerful.
• Industrial sewing machines: These are much larger and tend to be used in factories and workshops. Typically, they are only designed to perform one stitch type but are powerful enough to create garments at a much quicker pace.

Start simple


While you may be keen to create a dress that you have seen on the catwalk, the likelihood is that you will never perfect complicated patterns upon starting out. Initially, it would be best to start off with very simple designs such as a pencil skirt as it only requires a few measurements. Also, try to avoid patternsrequiring buttons or zip fastenings instead of opting for those requiring elasticated waistbands. Then, once you have got the hang of the basics, you can start with more complex techniques.

Making your own clothes is an art that takes a great deal of time and skill to perfect, but by considering the above tips and following simple patterns, you will soon master the art of dressmaking and create a wardrobe you will be proud of. 

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