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« on: August 01, 2009 01:10:43 PM »

Hi guys,

Sorry if this isn't the right place for this/just a stupid thing to ask.. but basically I've never made any clothing or anything but would LOVE to start.  There's so much stuff I want off fashion/shop websites but as I'm a poor student I can't buy whatever I want Smiley I've only done a bit of customisation before with stencils etc.. I'd like to try the whole sewing/designing thing though!

I was just wondering if anyone knows of any good links to free tutorials/patterns for quite fashionable clothing?

Sorry if this is really vague!

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« Reply #1 on: August 01, 2009 03:22:51 PM »

I don't know what's fashionable these days, but there are loads of ideas and free patterns/tutorials at: 


and http://www.whatthecraft.com/

« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2009 05:30:01 AM »

I know what you mean. I dont get much money a week and have always wanted to make my own clothes. I havent sewn since high school tho... so im rather nervous about starting!!

I have been thinking of customising t-shirts.. I had an idea of getting a mens shirt and cutting a bigger neck hole and cutting arm holes (to make it a sort of oversize singlet) and adding beads and chains to make it funky.

I REALLY want to start creating some stuff.... and crafster has given me so many ideas and hints Cheesy

Try just googling it.. ive found a few cool things that way! and there are a lot of cool tutorials on here too!
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« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2009 06:00:05 AM »

If you're really short on cash, you can get your materials at the thrift store.  Don't bother looking for clothes that fit you, just look for the fabrics you like and preferably in size Large.  You can get some really nice things to work with for only a few dollars, usually this will be half or less than what you would pay for the same amount of fabric at the fabric store.  Also of course keep an eye out for sales at the fabric store!   I've pretty much stopped buying fabric at the fabric store, and just get things at the Goodwill.  This way I'm not so afraid to experiment, because I've only invested a few dollars in the materials.


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« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2009 10:30:59 AM »

If you have a Jo-Ann's near you, sign up for thier mailing list.  You'll get 40% off coupons, which are nice, but  also you'll know when thier patterns are going on sale.  I've gotten quit a library of patterns for myself by waiting for thier pattern sales, $1-3.99 depending on the company.

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« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2009 03:34:37 PM »

I normally go to Hancock Fabrics.  I find that they have better prices than JoAnns and basically every (other) weekend the bulk of their fabric is 1/2 off.  Not to mention you can sometimes get $.99 patterns.

Hopefully there's one near you. :3

« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2009 06:21:51 PM »

This is what I recently learned from a friend. Got to the store, try on the outfits you like, then when you're in the dressing room, do a quick sketch of the outfits and the pieces yadayada of the garment. Then go to your local thrift store and buy pieces to alter. From then on it'll all be trial and error.

Or you could always google free pattern garment you like. It works for me.

Or threadbanger. I always get inspired there.
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2009 09:57:55 PM »

Veronicasunderwhere: I do the same thing, except I use the camera on my cellphone to take pix of myself in the mirror Tongue

I really like BurdaStyle. I've altered their basic Lydia shirt into 4 different configurations so far Cheesy I love watching Threadbanger! Their forum is great too. Also check out Wardrobe Refashion. There are so many creative people on there! Many of them have tutorials on their blogs, so just go back through the posts. Many will say "I wrote a tutorial on my blog" and link the blog, or will say "more info at my blog."


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