4 Tips for Becoming a Successful Dressmaker

July 19, 2017

4 Tips for Becoming a Successful Dressmaker

Some of the most enjoyable activities include sewing and dressmaking. Even though in traditional times, dressmaking has been mainly a female endeavor, nowadays, it is not anymore. Nowadays, anyone can become a successful dressmaker, whether male or female.

If you are one of the people who love these activities, you probably know how good it feels to wear clothes that you’ve made for yourself, or to be able to see your friends and family members wearing quality garments that you created especially for them. However, you need to be creative and to get some specific skills to be able to become a dressmaker. And even once you call yourself a dressmaker, you will permanently need to evolve, to learn, and to become more and more inspired and creative.

But now we’re not going to talk for the already successful dressmakers, but for those who are just starting out in dressmaking. So if you are one of those, then this article is for you. One of the first things that you need to know is that in order to become a dressmaker whose creations would be a die-for, you need to learn a few specific techniques. Learning the necessary techniques allows you to create garments that people would consider worth wearing.

However, the basic skills and techniques are just not enough, as you need to constantly improve yourself. How you do this? Simple, by picking up certain tips and tricks, which you will only get by experience. As you’ll start getting better at it, you’ll finally enjoy dressmaking at its maximum.

When you talk about sewing, it is essential to have a good technique. Additionally, you need to practice your techniques and skills, to start seeing the difference between the garments you are able to create. So here you have four important tips that will help you become better in dressmaking.

  1. Many people tend to overlook this sewing skill. Despite this, marking is one of the most important parts of dressmaking, because you will cut your patterns along the marks you make. Also, marks depend on accurate measurements, so we believe you understand why they are so important. Just think about it: if a fabric is badly marked, it can’t result in anything else but a poorly cut garment, or, even worse, in a lot of wasted fabric. So what you need to do is get some quality chalk and use it to mark your patterns.
  2. This is one of the trickiest parts of dressmaking because most fabrics have at least some stretch to them. Therefore, the cut made on stretched fabric is possible to not even resemble the same cut on un-stretched material. To make sure that your edges will line up well, you need to ensure that the fabric is taught, but not stretched, prior to cutting.
  3. It is essential to use the right thread and sharp needles, whether you hand-sew or you sew using a sewing machine. You may want to check a manual for recommendations regarding needles that should be used for specific fabrics.
  4. Stay informed. If you want to become successful, and your garments to be sought-after and admired, then you need to stay informed in your niche. You need to be aware of fashion trends, know about new tools and techniques. In our days, this is not at all difficult to do, as you can use various magazines and websites to find out the latest news and trends in dressmaking.
As you see, all you need to do is learn a few basics, techniques and tricks, and you’re ready to become a successful dressmaker. However, don’t forget that practice is also essential, and creativity is a must!