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Updated on February 18, 2016
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Learn The Satisfying Skill of Dressmaking

If you want to learn how to make your own clothes, you have come to the right place! If you don't already sew please have a look at my beginner's lessons and starter projects here to gain basic sewing techniques and knowledge before you try to make clothing. If you can sew already however, please carry on!

The best way to learn is to 'do', so get stuck in as soon as you can. Good practice ideas to start off with are to try to make doll's clothes, or perhaps refashion/revamp old t-shirts and dresses. To see how clothes are made, try disassembling some of your old clothes and then either sew them back up again or use the pieces you have separated to create a pattern (template) and try making a replica of the item out of other fabric from scratch.

On the page below I have gathered links to the best free clothes patterns and tutorials, useful tips and things you should know, plus where are the best places to buy patterns online. I hope you find the links useful, and...happy sewing!

Welcome to the World of Dressmaking!

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An Introduction

Dressmaking used to be a very common skill, and the main reason people used to make their own clothes was that it saved a good amount of money compared to buying clothing from a store.

However, now that mass manufactured fashion is the norm, and you can buy garments very cheaply, it can be more expensive to buy the fabric to make the clothing than it is to buy the clothes pre-made (as crazy as that is!) So even though the main purpose is no longer to save money, there are very strong arguments for why I think people should preserve this skill:

- You can be unique; You can follow your own style completely and not be a slave to fashion. If you can think of a design, you can make it, and that's what is so great about making your own clothes. Once you get comfortable following sewing patterns, you can alter them to suit your style and then even make your own patterns from scratch.

- Custom fitted to you; all the clothes you make are made for you (or someone you know) and so you can use actual body measurements. This creates garments that are much more accurately fitted to your size and shape, which is especially useful for people who find it hard to find clothes in stores to fit them well.

- Valuable skill; Sewing is a skill that is growing rarer, and is therefore more valuable. You can sell your knowledge and/or your skill, and if are ever struggling to find work, you have a trade to fall back on. You can also pass the skill on to your children.

- Creativity; I think it's very exciting to be able to come up with your own clothing designs and then be able to make them at home with your own two hands. You can really get creative knowing that you don't need to follow the latest trends or the restrictions of mass-manufactured clothing. If you want to add beautiful hand embroidery all over your dress, then go for it! If you want to make a blazer with a comic book print lining, go for it!

- Satisfying; to be able to wear what you have made is very satisfying, and you can take much greater pride in your appearance. It's especially lovely when you get complimented on what you're wearing :)

- Money; I said above that a main reason for making clothes is no longer to save money, however this is when compared to second-hand clothes or clothes from cheaper stores. If you have more expensive taste in clothes usually, then savings are still there to be had. For instance, you could make clothes inspired by designer garments or items you have seen on the catwalk. Kid's clothes are also a good area to save in, as they can be expensive to buy and yet kids grow out of clothes so quickly.

Another point on the money subject is that if you achieve a good level of skill with sewing, you could sell the clothes you sew, teach sewing classes or even sell your own sewing patterns. So it can also be a money-making venture if you are entrepreneurial minded :)

- Fun; Of course, if you don't find it fun, then it's not going to be a good hobby for you. But if you are creative and enjoy crafts, then I'm sure you will love the freedom that sewing skills bring. There are so many more projects open to you when you can sew well!

Top-Rated Dressmaking Books

If you would like expert guidance and more specialized ideas - e.g. baby clothes - then a book will give you lots of tips, patterns and inspiration all in one place:

Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits
Sewing Clothes Kids Love: Sewing Patterns and Instructions for Boys' and Girls' Outfits

A spiral-bound book with plenty of fresh garment-making ideas aimed at kids - both boys and girls - with patterns including colorful leggings, dresses and a jacket.

 
Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified
Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified

A modern how-to book for intermediate sewers, with pattern making advice and instructions for various basic garments including a fitted dress and a t-shirt.

 

Make a Toile

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A toile is a mock-up/practice run of the item you are going to sew. Usually toiles are made if you are creating your own clothes pattern from scratch or are making adjustments to an existing pattern and would like to test if the finished result will look and fit as you would like it to.

A toile is normally made in muslin, or perhaps another cheap fabric. It is made by cutting out the pattern pieces and sewing them together as you would do for the 'real' thing, but obviously any mistakes, problems and errors aren't going to matter too much. They are a good idea too if you are nervous about making the 'real' clothing item out of more expensive fabric straight away.

Best Pattern Websites

If you want to buy your own patterns, try out these popular websites, some of which also offer a selection of patterns for free if you're lucky!

It's easy as a beginner to feel intimidated by sewing patterns because they look so complicated when you first look at them. But just remember that there are several different sizes represented on a single sheet, hence the many different lines, so try to focus on just the one outline/size you need and you'll be fine! If you wish to re-use the pattern, or want to try more than one size, trace the pattern size you want onto other pieces of paper before you begin. Click here for more information on how to do this.

Smart Child's Coat

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Pillowcase Dress

Recycling fabric items like pillowcases into new clothes saves money and time.
Recycling fabric items like pillowcases into new clothes saves money and time. | Source

Hand-Sewn Skirt

You don't always need a sewing machine to make a skirt :)
You don't always need a sewing machine to make a skirt :) | Source
Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions
Patternmaking for a Perfect Fit: Using the Rub-off Technique to Re-create and Redesign Your Favorite Fashions

If you already have sewing skills and want to learn how to alter patterns to make them better fitted to your specific body shape, this is the book for you! You can also find out how to recreate your favorite clothes in a new fabric or in a different size.

 

Pinning Your Pattern

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There are a few different ways of temporarily securing the pattern pieces to your fabric, such as the popular pin option, or maybe you could use pattern weights, Scotch tape or the freezer paper technique.

Types of Neckline, Cuffs, Sleeves, Skirts & Fastenings

Important Notes & Mini Glossary

I'm just going to list the options you have for some important clothing parts here, plus information on different terms. I hope it's useful.

- Neckline options: Sweetheart, V-neck, square, scoop, U-neck, keyhole, bandeau, cowl, high-neck, halter, jewel, crew, asymmetrical, one-shouldered, off-the-shoulder or boat.

Necklines sometimes are created with thin straps such as spaghetti straps rather than solid areas of fabric, or the clothing can even be strapless. On the back of the top, you can cut out shapes like hearts, use a neckline listed above, use cross-over straps, a racer back design, add lace or other embellishments, or just have it plain.

Click here for a useful guide to necklines, dress shapes, collars and sleeves.

- Sleeve options: Cap, pleated, puff, butterfly, different lengths (1/2, long, short, 3/4), fluted, raglan, batwing, set-in, pleated, bell and kimono.

- Cuff options: Placket, buttoned, roll-up (often with a button-up strap to hold the cuff in place further up the arm), French, fluted, turnback, barrel and link cuffs (for using cufflinks with).

- Pockets can be on the inside of clothes with just the opening on the outside or they can be all on the outside of the garment. Examples of pocket types include: welted, patch, kangaroo, flap, gusset and in-seam. You can line them if you like, as well as putting them at different angles.

- Fastenings: Zippers, buttons, hook-and-eye, Velcro and snap fasteners.

- Types of zipper: Invisible, metal (e.g. for jeans), heavy-duty, plastic, regular (coil) zips which are most common, and separating zippers which allow the two sides of the zipper to be completely separated in use (e.g. in a jacket) rather than being fixed together at the bottom for zippers you use in skirts or trousers. Zippers are available in a range of colours and lengths.

- Skirt styles: Pleated, flared, full (with netted skirts underneath to give the skirt volume), A-line, asymmetrical, fishtail/mermaid, tulip, puffball, maxi, mini, full circle, pencil, boho/gypsy/tiered, bustle (ruffled Victorian style), wrap, tutu, high-waisted & gathered.

- Dresses are often made up of a skirt design as listed above, combined with a top design to create a single outfit. The top can be a use any style, neckline, sleeve etc. There are also classic and individual styles of dress such as: shift, wrap, 50s, tea, bodycon, tunic, drop-waist, ball gown, shirt, cocktail, little black dress, sari or sun/summer dresses.

Of course the best thing with making your own clothes is that you can choose any shape, length or size and mix 'n' match different styles...or you could invent a whole new type of clothing!

Useful Definitions & Info:

- Seam allowance: Sewing is the act of joining two fabrics together with stitches in order to create a seam. 'Seam allowance' means the distance between the edge of the fabric and the seam you've made. The distance is usually 5/8", but your pattern will tell you what it's supposed to be. A seam allowance is needed for a strong and clean seam - imagine if there wasn't one and you had to sew right on the edge of the fabric (not fun!)

- Hem: This is where you fold the edge of a piece of fabric under (usually towards the inside of the clothing to hide the folded fabric from view) and sew it in order to create a neat edge and to stop the fabric fraying e.g. at the bottom of a skirt.

- Importance of darts: A dart is shown as a triangular shape on a pattern and is necessary for creating a good shape and fit. Remember that you are trying to turn a flat piece of fabric into something that will fit the curves of the body so that your sewn garments don't look like shapeless sacks.....so darts are very important!

- Bias tape: Bias tape is very handy stuff which you can buy in standard colours ready-made or you can make yourself (you can buy a bias tape making gadget to make it easier). It is basically a long strip of fabric cut on the bias/cross-grain of a piece of fabric and folded and ironed length-ways 3 times. The fabric can't be cut along the grain of the fabric because this will make a stiffer tape which is much harder to shape around curves and will probably pucker and not look great.

The purpose of bias tape is to sew it onto the edges of fabric to cover any unattractive or raw edges and make them neat. It looks great if you add tape that is contrasting or complimentary to the garment. Click here for great advice on making bias tape.

Patchwork Patterns

Sections of clothing made up of different fabrics creates a beautiful accent and adds an extra quality to your garments. I love the colors of fabrics used in this photo to add a stripe pattern to a skirt.
Sections of clothing made up of different fabrics creates a beautiful accent and adds an extra quality to your garments. I love the colors of fabrics used in this photo to add a stripe pattern to a skirt. | Source

Sew a Unique Fancy Dress Costume!

A fun project to undertake for you or your kids :-)
A fun project to undertake for you or your kids :-) | Source

The Devil's In The Detail

I love the detail on this coat which was designed and made by Maria Podor, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
I love the detail on this coat which was designed and made by Maria Podor, Halifax, Nova Scotia. | Source

DIY Wedding Dress

The ultimate test!
The ultimate test! | Source

Dress Making Tutorials plus a Pocket How-To

DIY Undies!

Click here if you would like to see how to make underwear just like this yourself.

Photo by Leah Riley.

Important Note!

Always Pre-Wash Fabrics!

This is very important because if you wash your fabrics for the first time after sewing, then your final garment could end up wrinkled, shrunken and puckered after the first wash, especially if you are using a mix of fabrics in one item of clothing.

How Do I Know What Fabric To Choose?

A Mini Summary of Fabrics

Fabrics are available in mainly two types; woven and knit. Outside of these 2 categories there are a few fabrics which are referred to as 'non-woven', such as felt and some types of interfacing, which aren't made by knitting or weaving. Leather and suede are natural products made from animal hide and so these also aren't woven or knitted.

- Woven fabrics: Threads running horizontally and vertically are woven together to create a very subtle criss-cross effect, and most fabrics are made this way, with a good example being denim (jeans). Look carefully at your jeans and you will be able to see the crossed threads.

Woven fabrics can be either tightly woven (which often produces a heavier/thicker fabric), or loosely woven with narrow gaps between the threads (which is referred to as 'open weave' and is often thin and light).

Weaving stops a fabric from being stretchy unless a stretchy type of fiber is used such as spandex, or the fabric is pulled/stretched on the bias (i.e. diagonal to the woven 'grid'). Stretching on the bias however is not really stretch, it's just exploiting a bit of give within the fabric structure and only produces a very small amount of 'stretch'.

- Knit fabrics: Knitting is the process of joining threads/yarns together in a series of loops, and these loops mean that knit fabrics are always at least a little bit stretchy. This is because as you pull on the fabric, the loops can straighten out and therefore expand in size.

You will find that knit fabrics are generally softer than woven fabrics, and are used much more for tops than pants - for instance, t-shirt jersey is a knit fabric.


Another important thing (if not the most important thing) to look for when choosing fabric for your clothing projects is the weight. Fabric weight means how thick/heavy a fabric is, and the weight you choose depends on what you are making and the feel you want for your garment. It's a personal choice, but it also has to be practical. The different weights can be referred to as top-weight, bottom-weight, very light, light, medium and heavy.

For tops/blouses/shirts/dresses you will most likely use top-weight and light/very light fabrics, whereas for pants/jackets you are likely to use bottom-weight and medium/heavy fabrics. You can of course break from the usual choices though if you wish - for instance you could use a light fabric for a summer jacket, or a medium fabric for a winter dress - it's up to you! If you are following a sewing pattern, there should be suggestions of what fabrics to use and it is wise to follow this advice to ensure that the end result is what you intended it to be.


The best thing you can do when choosing the fabric for your next project is to first visualize how you want the garment to look and feel, and then go and browse fabrics. Most often, it's simply about which fabric you want to use rather than thinking about theories so don't overthink too much :) No-one is going to shout at you for breaking any rules! Once you get sewing you will gain experience anyway and will be able to tell what fabrics would suit different purposes.


For beginners I would suggest using fabrics which are non-stretchy, are light or medium weight and aren't too delicate (such as lace) or too slippery (such as satin). Cotton and polyester blends are inexpensive and are good choices for a lot of different clothing creations.

Examples of other fabrics that can be used in clothing are: linen, wool, chiffon, corduroy, fleece, taffeta, flannel, twill, tweed, velvet and tulle.


Besides the fabrics that make up the main (exterior) parts of the clothing, there are also fabrics used specifically for lining the clothes, plus there is an important sewing material called 'interfacing' you can make use of:

- Interfacing is a material that is either sewn onto the reverse of a piece of fabric or is fused onto it using an iron. Interfacing is available in different weights (light, medium etc.) and its job is to support another fabric and make it stiffer. This product is more often used for things like bag making, but it does come in handy for collars on clothing and anywhere else you need to reinforce a flimsy fabric. If you'd like more information on interfacing, click here. Interfacing can be woven, knitted or non-woven.

- A lining can make a garment more comfortable by adding a smooth interior finish, and can also give a more professional looking result. Linings are usually added to skirts, dresses and jackets, and linings in jackets especially make it much easier to slip them off and on. The usual (and more affordable) choices for lining fabrics are lightweight cottons and polyester blends or nylon. Silks and satins are also good options.

For more excellent information on a wide range of fabrics, please click here, here, and here.

Skirts, Boxers, Darts & Harem Pants

Homemade Prom Dress

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Cutting With a Pattern

Using the very useful rotary cutter tool.
Using the very useful rotary cutter tool. | Source

Dress Forms

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Make Your Own Dress Form

Instead of buying a dress form, you can make one cheaply with the tutorials below. Dress forms (also called body forms) help a lot with fitting clothes for individual shapes.

Best Tools & Products for Making Clothes

Although you need only basic tools for dressmaking, there are some extremely handy products you can buy to make your job so much easier.

Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears
Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears

A must-have for any sewer because everyday scissors are not specifically suited to cutting large pieces of fabric, and are usually quite blunt.

 
Singer Dual Point Disappearing Ink Marking Pen, Purple Ink
Singer Dual Point Disappearing Ink Marking Pen, Purple Ink

You definitely need some kind of marker, whether it's a washable pen, chalk or disappearing ink.

 

Star Wars Dress

star-wars-dress
star-wars-dress

A big advantage of making your own clothes is that you can choose from some amazing (and novelty) fabrics - including ones which you can use to pay homage to your favourite movie/tv program/actor etc - in fact you'll find kid's duvet covers are a great source of weird and wonderful fabrics!

Photo by Cassie Stephens - Click Here for details.

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      Sophia 10 months ago

      Hi,

      I'm very grateful for the info you shared. Can I sign up for more tutorials? Do you have anything like that? Can I have your personal email address?

      Thank you

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      Janice 11 months ago

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      Shimra 2 years ago

      I can see I'm gonna visit and revisit this page for the next couple of days/weeks/months...

      So much to learn and to be inspired from.

      Thank you so much for this summary of all these wonderful information!!

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      Thanks for this hub, because I don't sew but would love to be able to. I made a dress in home economics when in eighth grade, and got a "D" because my hem was too wide.

      I never tried again

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      wellingtonboot 2 years ago from U.K.

      Hi, thanks for the compliment! I don't think I have a pattern but you're bound to be able to find one via the magic of Google - there's pretty much a free pattern for anything somewhere on the net! If you can't find an exact pattern then making a toile can't hurt, at least to give you extra practice. Good luck :) So cool to have a talented mum too!

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      Mtensixty 2 years ago

      First of all, I am incredibly amazed at your wonderful site! My mother was former fashion designer Anne Fogarty, and it is to my dismay that I didn't follow in her footsteps (I am a teacher). However, the creative/sewing bug is pulling me to make something. I am looking to put together a long sweater tunic with long sleeves and a crew neck. Do you have a pattern for this? I do not own a dress form. I was hoping to measure the pattern on myself before cutting out the fabric. Perhaps even making a toile first. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

      Melissa :)

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      tcaldy 3 years ago

      Great site. Love to sew. Have bookmarked a few things already!

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      kristina-brucelewis 3 years ago

      I can't weight to read all your tips and leaning new thing about sewing.Thank you Tina

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      LittleMissLoomer 3 years ago

      so cool and pretty!!â¥

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens. Very cute dresses.

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      AnonymousC831 3 years ago from Kentucky

      Great lens.

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      Halloween Cosplay 3 years ago

      What a great tutorial! Thanks so much for writing this - it's much appreciated :)

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      teelover 3 years ago

      Great selection!

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      This lens is GREAT! i'M pinning it :) Thanks.

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      sethandressen 3 years ago

      Wow. I am so in love with the floral dress. Love your lens.

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      Mikarazgriz LM 3 years ago

      Awesome lens~ Thanks for so many amazing ideas! I know for sure I'll be using some of these :)

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      so cool but i am very bad at it... but will hope to learn one day

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      rox19 3 years ago

      Thank you very much for interesting and helpful lens!

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      kehsiberry 3 years ago

      This is very cool! I really wanted to try to learn to learn dressmaking but it has been hard for me. I don't know maybe it is not for me, but I think this lens will help me much with all these tutorials.

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      Thanks for defining the terms for a newbie, it was very helpful!

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      Jimmy J Oliver 3 years ago

      Hi nice lens you got there and ranking well. I don't do a lot of dressmaking but this is a great tutorial for anyone who wants to try.

      Have given you a squidlike.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I appreciate you on your skills.

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      MicheleWebber 4 years ago

      Fantastic, got lost in all the links, have discovered some cool new sewing sites, thanks!

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      RANADEEP 4 years ago

      Great lense,my mom do it her-self for me,but sometimes I try,after reading your lense,I will try this my-self surely!!

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      My mom used to make me sew all my own clothes. Great lens.

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Ooh, I love the pillowcase dress. So cute. I am going to have to make some for my girls!

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      blessedmomto7 4 years ago

      Ooh, I love the pillowcase dress. So cute. I am going to have to make some for my girls!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      Great lens:)

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      Kimberly Schimmel, MLS 4 years ago from Greensboro, NC

      As a dressmaker, I enjoyed this lens--especially the great photos.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a coincidence, only today was I thinking I want to stitch myself a blouse. Well what do you know!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great website! thanks for sharing!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      I've been making my own clothing since I was a kid. Love to sew!

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      RitaAnne 4 years ago

      I would love to be able to sew my own clothes from scratch... Maybe someday I will... :)

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      h2ofs1 4 years ago

      Epic tutorials on here, magic lens thank you!

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      DvdMovieGirl 4 years ago

      Another excellent lens by you! I did not know you could get free,patterns so thank you so much.

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      I will be spending lots of time going through the links you have provided. Thanks! Blessed.

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      its very learning.I look for such article along time,thanks.

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      hotsquid 4 years ago

      I don't know how to sew, but definitely would love to learn someday!

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      This is a most inspired and eclectic compendium of insight and encouragement for those who yearn to sew! Thank you ever so much for the thoughtful and comprehensive curating! SquidAngel Blessed!

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      Brilliant lens ... You've given me some great ideas and the links to online patterns are just what I need ... Thanks so much:-)

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      This is the best collection of references and sewing advise ever:) thank you

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a great collection of sewing information and sewing sites that we can learn from

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      Great lens specially for the dresses, designs along with the video presentation I really appreciate for sharing us an wonderful lens, your lens was helping me a lot on my custom clothing designer.

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      Thanks for the tips and videos. Nice lens.

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      compugraphd 4 years ago

      B"H

      I have always wanted to be a clothing designer. In that regard, I went to FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) in my 20s, but I was never able to get through either "flat pattern design" or "draping" classes. So, here I am, XX years later, still trying to figure out how to make clothes (without a pre-printed pattern -- I want to figure it out on my own) with hundreds of design ideas on paper. (I am documenting this here -- https://hubpages.com/art/teaching-myself-to-design... ) -- I like this lens so much, that I put it as a resource on my lens so I can find it when I need it :-)

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      oddobjective 4 years ago

      Really good lens. I have sewn a little for myself years ago but I wasn't very good at it. I think I may just have to take the plunge this year as I am always thinking of items to sew but never do it.

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      jcalbon lm 4 years ago

      What lovely inspiration! I especially liked the raspberry lace dress--I think I might have to tackle one of those for myself :-).

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When I was a teenager I learned to sew in home economics class in school. At that time (I am dating myself!) all girls had to take home economics, so we all learned to sew, to varying degrees. Now, most people don't learn to sew through internet Creative Tshirts

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      dreamsfree 5 years ago

      Thank you for sharing the great information! I will definitely be visiting this lens from time to time for sewing patterns!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The photo under make a toile, there are several dresses and the one in on the left side has a certain skirt to it. What are those folds called and how do I do that? I can't seem to find that anywhere.

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      lynnasafriend 5 years ago

      I think I just found my new favorite lens. Thank you for the wealth of information.

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      AJ 5 years ago from Australia

      What a brilliant lens! I used to make a lot of my clothes as a teenager and every now and then am inspired to create something new. This lens is amazing inspiration. I too love the blue jacket. Blessings.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Lots of handy links here, thanks for creating this lens. I love how unimpressed the little girl in the peacock outfit looks! Haha!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Great info!

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      biggking lm 5 years ago

      Seems legit...

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      jazziyarbrough 5 years ago

      Thank you for all the useful info on sewing. I want to make my own clothes and I feel that I am capable, now that I have received great info from your blog. Thanks for sharing

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      hometex 5 years ago

      I love sewing and crafting, its so hard to find informed sales staff.

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      Millionairemomma 5 years ago

      Thank you for all this information!

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      Cinnamonbite 5 years ago

      I used to make all the clothes for myself and spouse AND child but fabric first started to be crappy (color faded after a few washings, massive shrinkage) and then it became so expensive that I gave up. It's infinitely cheaper and easier to just buy clothes even if they don't fit perfectly.

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      sunnysumersmile 5 years ago

      Wow! There is so much information on this lens. I'm going to have so many links to look through to help my sewing improve! Thanks!

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      JoyfulReviewer 5 years ago

      Love that gorgeous red and black prom dress. Thanks for compiling this extensive resource of helpful info. Blessed!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      all thank you all my life i have wanted to be atop designer so this chapter is helping me a lot as im knowing some fashions which ido not no as im comin from acontinent where fashion designing cloths is not taken seriously please help me more icome from africa acountry called MALAWI

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      karnzm13 5 years ago

      hey

      i really love fashion and sewing is one of them im just so happy that i found this sewing information so i know what to dooo

      Im felling luky

      A BIG THANKS TO YOUS......

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      BlissGlutenFree 5 years ago

      Great lens. What a resource. I'll be back- thanks.

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      Bloomsandbugs LM 5 years ago

      Hi,

      Great lens...this is by far the biggest collection of sewing related pointers I have ever seen

      I have been writing a lot of kids clothes sewing tutorial on my blog. I would love for you to check out and add to your lens if you like:

      http://bloomsnbugs.blogspot.com/p/free-tutorials.h...

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      syaza lm 5 years ago

      I LIKE YOURRRRRR , no.. I LOVEEEEEE YOUR LENSSSSS!!!! It's so GREAT! Thankyou for all the information :) i love sewing and your lens make me feel more excited about sewing. There's so many things to sew, haaah!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      This article is exhaustive and amazing! I already sew for work, but I found a lot of useful information here. Thank you so much

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      jenniferteacher1 5 years ago

      I'm just learning to sew, so I'm excited to use some of these sites. Thanks for this collection!

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I don't sew but it looks so time consuming and difficult. I really respect handmade pieces and the work that goes into them.

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      jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

      I don't sew but it looks so time consuming and difficult. I really respect handmade pieces and the work that goes into them.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fabulous website--have been searching for tips on making patterns and at last found your fabulous patterns.

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      BuildMyBrand 5 years ago

      Great work!

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      stp2586387 5 years ago

      amezing & Beautiful clothing

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      fugeecat lm 5 years ago

      That pillowcase dress is pretty cool. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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      howtosewadress 5 years ago

      Pattern making is definitely the important aspect on How to Sew a Dress. Be careful in laying out the pattern. Make sure that the measurements in your pattern are accurate. If not, you will end up with a not-so-flattering dress. In any case, it is better to have bigger measurements than small. It is easier to chop off the excess than try fitting in into small-sized clothing. Nice Lens mate..

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      Atomika07 5 years ago

      Wow, these are amazing! I'm definitely coming back here for advice!

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      garyrh1 5 years ago

      Excellent! Creating a prom dress and Halloween costume are two ways to definitely be unique and not have to worry about someone else having the same ones.