Sewing is a popular hobby because you can be creative, and your creation serves a practical purpose. If you’re interested in sewing or want to make clothing, there are a few considerations for creating your own clothes. Here are some of the basics to help you get started.
Find Your Style
When you’re just starting, it can be easy to overly rely on popular trends and instructions tailored to a “one size fits all” philosophy. However, if you’re making clothes, they should reflect who you are as a person—both in your creative preferences and your physical self so that they fit correctly. In fact, many people who sew their clothes do so because store-bought clothes only come in generic sizes and styles meant to fit everyone. Once you feel comfortable with the sewing process, never be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you and your needs.
Another important consideration for creating your own clothes is the types of fabric you choose to use. Choosing the traits and texture of the fabric is vital when considering the practical purpose of your garments—you wouldn’t use velvet for a summer dress, for example. Finding the right fabric is key to bringing your vision to life and creating a unique style that sets your clothing apart from generic store-bought or other hobbyist’s clothes.
Starting from scratch can be intimidating with how much equipment and accessories you think you need to create clothes. However, you don’t need to arm yourself with an entire arsenal when you’re just starting. As far as basic equipment goes, you’ll need pins, pincushions, seam rippers, and an iron with an ironing board. If you intend to sew by hand, you’ll need scissors, plenty of sewing needles, and a thimble to protect your finger from the needles. If you intend to invest in a sewing machine, you’ll want to supply yourself with presser feet, bobbins, and a duster to keep the machine clean and clear of dust.