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How To Learn To Make Clothes

How To Learn To Make Clothes

A great step by step video on how to make your own clothes and a great section on buying and reading patterns. This video is put out by a professional seamstress.

Hi, I'm Claire Louise and I am a theatrical wardrobe mistress working in the west end of London. Today I am going to be sharing with you some of my tips and tricks on how to get the best out of clothing repairs and alterations.

In this video I'm going to show you how to make clothes.

A couple top tips when you want to start making your own clothes. Look in your own wardrobe and see what kind of clothes you already wear. Making your own clothes is a big time investment and there's no point in making trousers if you never wear trousers.

So decide what your capsule wardrobe is going to be. And then one thing that I like to do is look at magazines and get some inspiration for what kind of current trends there are, and what things I'm interested in, colours. And that helps me when I go to choose fabrics, and when I go to choose patterns.

When you've got things together I like to put things together in kind of a little mood board, of little images I'm interested in and shapes that I'm looking for.
There are lot's and lot's of patterns on the market and knowing exactly what your looking for when your looking to find a pattern, can really help you limit down the choice. Otherwise, you could spend hours and hours looking for patterns.

A great way to look for patterns, or to look for contemporary style, is to look for a magazine like let's say Bud style. Which is fashion for and has lots of different patterns included, and shapes for different seasons.

And then once you've decided what you want to make, you may want to look for a few patterns that will form your capsule wardrobe.

For instance I like to wear dresses, so I've got a few nice little dress patterns that I call my go to patterns that I use over and over I can use them all the way through the year and once I've made it up I can work our all the nuances of the pattern, and really get used to that. So once you've bought your pattern there's a little bit of work you need to do. You need to read the back of your pattern this will tell you how much fabric your going to need, and what fabric is suitable for this project.

For instance I can't make this in jersey or lycra because it's not designed for jersey or lycra. So I need to look for what guidelines they given me here. Then they also give me measurements and tell me what my sizes are.

A really big important thing about using patterns to make clothes is their not the same size as ready to wear clothes. So please separate you vanity because you are probably going to have a garment in a number that is much bigger then the size you normally buy in the shops. It's a completely different system so, check your body measurements and then decide which pattern is the right size for you.

And when you get a little bit beyond that your going to have tissue templates, in shapes inside your pattern. And an instruction booklet in here that tells you everything you need to know, about how to make this specific pattern. So just sit down with this for a few minutes, read these diagrams, these instructions, and get a sense of what your about to do before you launch into just cutting it out.

And I'm guilty about just being over excited and just going for it and cutting something out. But this is worth really taking you time and reading through it. And that's my guide on how to make clothes. .