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Emily x
« on: January 07, 2006 11:15:31 AM »

I'm really intrested in starting to make clothes but I'm totally new to it and have no idea where to start.
I don't own a sewing machine and I don't plan on buying one untill I get a little expirience.

I suppose you could say I know how to sew...*cough* sort of.
So, where would y'all recommend I start?
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« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2006 09:13:49 PM »

go down to your local craft store, get some cheap fabric to play with and a few simple patterns- a t-shirt, a skirt, a dress- and practice!  practice practice practice.  don't get too discouraged if they don't turn out perfect the first time around.  you'll get better everytime you make a mistake.

« Reply #2 on: January 07, 2006 09:52:16 PM »

check your local fabric store ...most offer classes (jo annes does) and usually you use their machines....it'll give you a feel for whether you're into it or not without a lot of investment
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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2006 02:25:08 AM »

Slight problem there - No craft stores where I live.
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« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2006 05:18:27 AM »

Perhaps you could try reconing clothes you've already got to start? Or making clothes out of fabric that's already around your house (old curtains, sheets, etc)?
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2006 08:54:28 PM »

i totally just started reconstructing clothes that were lying around my house, i've actually got a huge bin full of old clothes that i've been meaning to work on (blasted school!). One problem i've come across is that i've got quite a few white men's dress shirts, but I've no idea what to do with them. theyre pretty big and theres alot of fabric, maybe a dress? anyone have any ideas?

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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2006 05:24:42 AM »

ohhh yea! a belted shirt dress would be great ...if they are really HUGE you could just take in the sides and make a belt out of what you took in

like this vogue pattern


maybe a bit shorter like a minie dress you wear with jeans or something
« Reply #7 on: January 09, 2006 07:39:34 AM »

Maybe you could start out by going to the library and checking out a book on sewing, just so you can get a feel for how things work. I have "The Complete Book of Sewing" by DK Publishing, and it explains just about everything from the tools you use to pretty much any technique. There might be better books out there, but I'm pretty happy with that one.

Be sure to buy yourself a seam ripper - you'll be making lots of mistakes, but that's what learning is all about!

If you have someone in your family or a friend that has a sewing machine, maybe you could use their's, just to see if it's something you want to commit to. Maybe you could do something for them in exchange for some beginner lessons. You could start out making pillows out of old clothes, just to get down a straight stitch.

Good luck on everything, and just don't get too frustrated! There's been many times I've wanted to throw my machine through the window. Just keep at it, and you'll get better!

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