A Beginner's Guide To Dressmaking
With The Great British Sewing Bee on the horizon, there's never been a better time to pick up this new hobby!
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What is Dressmaking?
Dressmaking is exactly what is says on the tin, the skill of crafting garments using sewing patterns! There is something magical about having the skill to construct your own clothes in the 21st Century. Dressmaking as a hobby is growing in popularity around the world, especially in the UK, for a number of reasons. Whether it’s a simple T-shirt, kids PJ’s, a pretty summer dress or even a pair of knickers, making your own clothes is a hugely rewarding skill/craft that few people ever take the time to learn. Crazy when you think how huge the fashion industry is!
There are thousands of patterns available to buy from big pattern houses through to small independent designers. Patterns for every garment type that we can adapt to fit perfectly to create a unique style.
Tools You Need to Begin Dressmaking
The following are essentials you’ll need to get started;
- Sewing machine (see below)
- Sewing machine and hand sewing needles
- Tape measure
- Scissors, for fabric, for trimming thread and for cutting patterns (that’s 3 pairs in total)
- Ironing board and iron
- Seam ripper
- Dressmakers chalk for marking out patterns