Ladies have you looked everywhere for that special dress that you hope no one will have? Well, with a little skill and a little planning, you can make yo0ur own affordable and unique dress.
YOUR SEWING SKILL LEVEL!?
Are you a novice, intermediate, or expect? Have you ever used a sewing machine before? Need an introduction to the basic or want to improve your current skill? Try to schedule and sewing classes to begin as early in the school year as possible. First, check with your high school see if they are any sewing classes available. If they don’t, check at your local fabric store for both, beginners and advances, sewing classes.
You don’t have to be an expect at sewing to make your own dress, but you will need to know how to read a pattern and use a sewing machine. There are beautiful dress patterns for every skill level. Let your instructor know that you will be making your own prom dress, he/she could better direct your learning experience if they know your goal.
Make sure you have all necessary materials you will need. The sewing machine, most obvious and most expensive. If you don’t already own one, you will have to either buy one or borrow one. A simple one is all you need; it doesn’t have to be top-notch-pro machine. You could also purchase a used one. After that, you will need a measuring tape, a yardstick, and chalk or erasable marker to mark the fabric. A pair of scissors and a flat surface to work on. Also on the material list, you will need pins, pincushion, iron and an iron board. Additional supplies such as zipper, buttons, and thread will be listed on your pattern sheet.
CHOOSING A PATTERN AND A FABRIC.
Look for a dress pattern at least 4 months before prom so you can have time to find the perfect fabric and have time to make the dress and lots of try-on. All necessary instruction should be finished by then.
Visit your local fabric store and go through the pattern catalogs available. Look at all available dress patterns that match your sewing skill level before you choose one. No need to confine yourself to only the prom dresses section; you could also look through the all special occasion dress patterns even wedding dresses. Keep in mind that you can make your dress any color you desire it to be.
Take your own size and shape into consideration when choosing a pattern. Not every look on a mannequin will fit you, personally, perfectly. Try on different dress styles at the department store and see what style best fits you. Once you know what style looks best on you, then you can narrow down the range of patterns you have to choose from. Symbols located next to the patterns number will indicate which body shapes looks best in that particular dress style.
After finding your dress pattern, shop for your dress fabric. Check the pattern envelop for the fabric suggested. A good way to get discount on fabrics is to sign up for any fabric store mailing list.
SEWIMG YOUR DRESS!
Before you make your dress, make a mock of the dress from a cheap fabric or bed sheet. Read all pattern instruction before beginning and make sure you understand every step. Cut the pieces of the dress into the inexpensive fabric, get them together, and try on the dress on inside out. This will allow you to determine where any sizing adjustments need to be made. Plan to have another person on hand to help you mark the changes onto the fabric while you are wearing the mock-up. Once all the sizing adjustments have been made, re-cut the dress pieces to reflect these changes and use them as your new pattern pieces. If you prefer, you could also make these same adjustments to the paper pattern pieces.
After you have successfully completed the mock-up and altered the pattern, cut the dress out of your chosen fabric. Take your time with the final version and avoid sewing when you are tired or frustrated. Take breaks when you need them. If you are using a machine in your own home, create a designated sewing area for the duration of your project. This way, you can leave your sewing when necessary and pick up right where you left off when you return. Make sure that this area is closed off from small children or pets that may be attracted to potentially dangerous objects such as pins and thread. If you are using a sewing machine at an alternate location, keep all project pieces in a plastic bin that is small enough to be easily transported and large enough to accommodate all your supplies.