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September 20, 2017 2 min read

When you sew your own clothes, you can be as creative as you want, so you’ll end wearing completely unique designs. Sewing at home means you’re your personal fashion designer. It is up to you to choose the fabric and the style of your dress. But before you start creating a dress, you should know a few tricks and techniques that will help you create the dress of your dreams.

  1. Pick the right size

To get your size, you need to take three measurements: bust, waist, and hips. Taking these measurements helps you to get a basic idea of the size that you should pick. However, depending on your project, you could also need to take some other measurements, as well.

Also, for certain projects, you may not need all these three measurements. For example, for a dress with a full skirt, you won’t need the hip measurement. In this case, the waist measurement is the most essential.

If you sew a dress with a form-fitting bodice, the upper bust measurement is extremely important. To make sure your bodice fits well across the chest and shoulders, you should fit your upper bust first and then make a small or full-bust adjustment. Always remember that it is easier to make one bust adjustment than to try fit the shoulders, chest, bust and back all at once.

  1. Make a muslin version

Once you finished taking all the needed measurements, you can test the size by sewing a practice version of your dress in muslin fabric. Doing this helps you avoid risking to cut into your fashion fabric just to discover that the chosen size doesn’t fit you well. There are also other advantages you get when you sew a muslin first: it helps you identify any potential fitting issues, and it helps you familiarize with sewing your new pattern.

  1. Choose the right pattern for your design

No matter what dress you want to make, it is essential to pick the appropriate pattern for it. Fabrics vary in drape and degrees of stretch, and this has an effect on the shape of your dress. In case you are not sure what fabric is most suitable for your pattern, you can simply check the envelope’s back for recommendations.

  1. Use proper structure and finishing techniques

Although you might think that only the outside of your dress is important, the truth is that the insides of it are just as important as the outside. Therefore, you need to pay attention to detail. Take enough time to clip curves, grade seams and reduce bulk. When working with the fashion fabric, make sure you carefully read and follow all the instructions.

It is also essential not to underestimate using the ironing board. Using it will make a huge difference in the appearance of your finished dress. So follow these simple tricks and techniques and you’ll create an amazing dress that will definitely become your favorite garment.