Dressmaking for beginners can’t get any easier when you have all the resource at your fingertips. By resources, I mean the basic essentials. For example, sewing skills required ideas, patterns, fabrics, the type of sewing machine, and other sewing accessories.
Throughout this post, I assume that you have some basic level of sewing knowledge.
Some Basic Dressmaking Tips for Beginners to Learn.
Tips for Choosing a Sewing Machine.
Actually, you can sew a dress by hand. Sewing by hand takes ages to complete your dressmaking project and you might even lose interest as the labor increases.
To speed up the sewing process and save time, I feel a sewing machine is essential. If you already have one, then that’s great, we can move on to the next step or else arranging a sewing machine is a good idea.
So, if you are in search for a sewing machine that’s both easy to use and starter friendly, then I have a recommendation for you. I use singer for stitching gowns and in my opinion, the singer 7258 stylist is the best sewing machine brand for beginners to sew a dress.
A simple pattern is what you need, to begin with. For the sake of successfully completing your first dressmaking project, I recommend picking a simple pattern.
Start with pocket, then move on to a slightly bigger project like sewing a skirt or a renaissance gown. Sewing a pillow is also good beginners project you can try.
You have a multitude of options available when it comes to picking sewing patterns. So stop focusing more on this and pick one and get started. Later on, when you finish your first project you can just move to slightly higher level pattern than the previous one.
Your goal is to final a sew a dress that fits the person wearing it right. But, the sad part is most of the beginners go wrong at choosing the right pattern size.
I have done it too. You pick the wrong size and you end with a wrong fitting dress.
To get the pattern size right, you have to understand the measurement standards first. Measure your body with a measuring tape and compare those measurement metrics with the standard pattern size chart.
Each sewing pattern comes with an instruction sheet. Read the instructions before you cut the fabric. Try to visualize how your sewing should proceed based on the instructions mentioned in the pattern catalog. Visualizing helps you avoid any possible mistake while you are working on a live project.
I have to warn you if you are a beginner try to stick with a pattern with a minimum number of pieces. As the pieces increase the complexity also increases which you may not be skilled enough to handle yet.
Have patience, you will get better as you sew and can handle more pattern pieces as time evolves. For now just keep it simple.
You get your pattern printed on a tissue paper. So carefully start with the cutting process. You might want to alter the cutting size based on your body measurements. This is to ensure your dress fits you properly.
By the way, you might want to save those first sewing projects in the future and have a laugh. It’s kind of memorable to keep those “first” projects.
With a sewing pattern in hand, now its time to pick a fabric that is ideal for your project. Your sewing pattern also roughly decides how much fabric you might require finishing the project.
You might want to watch the following video and know more about reading a sewing pattern the right way.
Fabric plays an important role in sewing dresses especially if you are a beginner. Many just ignore this part.
I strongly suggest that you pick a cotton fabric which is easier to work on. Cotton fabrics are great to work with and are known to adapt to any sewing project. Note a cotton fabric can either come knitted or woven.
For beginners, woven fabric is easy to manage. Many advanced sewers recommend trying woven linen with your first dressmaking project.
Ultimately the type of fabric you choose should be based on the project type and how much can afford. Synthetic fabric might be an option as they are cheap as well as good for beginners to start.
Once you are comfortable with woven fabric it is a good idea to also try knitted fabric.
And also try as much as possible to stay away from slippery fabric because it’s not going to be easy to handle them. It gets frustrating as you sew because the fabric keeps slipping.
When you are done with choosing the right fabric, now let’s move on to other sewing accessories.
The type of fabric and the color decides what type of thread to use, the buttons, or even the zip. While there are different types of threads available and choosing right sewing thread might be confusing.
The most common threads in use are cotton threads, silk, rayon thread, wool, and metallic threads. Quality and the fabric comes into play while choosing a thread. Each project is different and demands a different thread for a perfect finish.
Pay close attention to details when you upgrade your skills and move on to advanced projects. For example, a cotton thread, polyester thread, etc., is the right choice when handling heavy duty sewing projects. Some projects require threads that require extra strength to hold the fabric in place.