How To Make a Dress: Dressmaking Tips

Pick up a Dress Pattern, Fabric and Sewing Materials and Let's Get Started

The satisfaction of creating your own clothes can be as great as the money you’ll save. If you are thinking of making a dress, don’t be overwhelmed. It's fun to create your own. You can make a simple style at home if you follow these tips and instructions. Here's how:

Tape measure
Dress pattern
Fabric pen
Sewing machine and thread

  1. Take measurements. Prior to getting started you will need to create the base elements of the dress. To do so you should measure the wearer for the size of her hips, waist, bust, shoulders and the length you desire for the skirt.
  2. Choose the dress pattern and fabric. For your first experiment in fashion it is best to start with a store bought pattern. Once you have mastered the sewing and construction skills you will feel more comfortable sketching and designing your own styles. When working on a new or complicated style you may want to create a template or sample in a simple and inexpensive muslin fabric. Once you have the design you want and can duplicate your success you can then create the dress in the preferred fabric. You are bound to make a few mistakes when trying something new so feel free to make them with an inexpensive fabric and save yourself some money and wasted effort.
  3. Assemble the skirt. Follow the pattern to pin the pattern to the fabric then cut the fabric. Sew the skirt following the pattern guidelines.
  4. Assemble the top. When new to the practice of sewing you may want to start with a simple pattern such as a shift dress, strapless bodice or shirt style with a simple scoop or V-neck. These less fitted styles are simpler to create than a fitted, rouched or geometric cut bodice.
  5. Put the pieces together. Check the top and bottom for fit before the final assembly and putting the dress together. Many dress styles are simple one-sheet styles in which you assemble the top and bottom at the same time. For these styles you can skip this step. For any dress with a fitted top, defined waistline or flouncy skirt, you will likely make the pieces separately then assemble them during this step.
  6. Wear the dress. Even if you are using a mannequin it is difficult to truly know how a dress will look and fit until it is on a moving, human body. So try your dress on. Feel free to make adjustments if necessary then head out on the town in your new creation. 

These dressmaking tips will help you make your own clothes. Ready to wear clothing come in average sizes so anyone with a long torso or extra long legs may have difficulty finding dresses that fit well. For these women, and so many others, creating an original design is the best answer.


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