I thought I'd go ahead and start making some cute stuff for my business.
2 20/22" inch Poly Invisible Black Zipper
1 12/14" inch Poly Invisible Black Zipper (I couldn't decide which one would be better for the dresses, so I thought if one zipper was too short I'd just use it for a skirt and cut the others.)
3 Coats & Clarks All purpose thread (don't be mad about the thread, I know everyone says you shouldn't use this brand.. but I've never had any issues with it.)
2 yards of Lace Merletto Purple (Not sure if I should get this.. it's on clearance 50% off)
and Last not but least, 9 yards of crepe spandex black clingy material (which I just AH-dore).
I'm going to make 3 black clingy dresses. I have never designed my own pattern before but I have put zippers in, reconstructed clothing and used others patterns. (If this turns out well, I'm going to take lessons from a nearby professional designer who will show me how to make my own patterns).
Dress one is something I've never really made before. A very simple tube dress with a slight flare with ribbons sewn on (I've done the ribbons before, it was pretty easy. (I've allotted 2 yards for this, but haven't purchased the ribbon yet because I can't find any from fabric.com)
The second one I've done in miniature (just to see what it's like). It's almost a halter. (It will be full length so I've alotted almost 5 yards for this, I know this is a lot, but I've never done such a long dress before so I really wasn't sure.)
The third one is very reminiscent of britney spears dress. It will be covered in a lace material almost like a mini dress. (I've also alotted 2 yards for this)
I could use any help at all. I have no idea how to design a pattern, or how many yards I'll need. I'm using fabric.com right now because the price is low. I've never designed my own pattern before.
I could use some help ASAP! I cut the first pattern from paper. I drew a full length scale of myself, than measure everywhere, doubled it and added 2 inches for seam allowances (This is for the very short tube dress)
What should be my next step?
I'm not sure if I'm the only person who makes there own patterns here or not, but I thought I'd take some iniative and find a site.
If ya'll are interested, it's a site with a video, step by step instructions, and you can even purchase there kit if you want.