Dressmaking is a craft of making dresses. It is the basis and the start of the fashion world. When you make dresses, you will be called a dressmaker but proclaim your self a fashion designer in you. Make your own statement. Give your self the feeling a wearing a designer dress especially made for you. Unleash the fashion designer power in you and let the whole world know.
When everyone else is trying to be a celebrity, you can’t help but feel if your style is unique. Would you rather go out and party wearing your own style sense? Would you like to avoid the fashion faux pax of seeing someone wearing the same dress as you? Would you want to be your own style? If your answers to these questions are yes, then follow my page and create your own style.
Make yourself the envy of the crowd. Stand out and be noticeably different from the rest. Make yourself a fashion trend.
The succeeding pages will expose you more to the basics of dressmaking. You will learn how to go about drafting a pattern for your first dress and for your wished designed. Step by step process will be provided for you along the way. You just need to learn the basics of simple mathematics, the use of rulers, tracing wheels, tracing papers, safety pins, needles, scissors and French curves.
Included in the next pages are some basic information about kinds of stitches and the basic functionality of a sewing machine. I will try my best to make the tutorial really simple to make it easier to follow for the new and aspiring dressmakers.
Learn with me as we go through the basics of launching your own style. Be your own designer label and indulge your self with fashion and taste.
More dressmaking lesson will come. So keep tuning in.
Know Your Body Parts
Before you can even start with the basics of dressmaking, you have to know which part of the body you need to measure in order to assemble the dress of your choice. It would be very beneficial to you if you could memorize these parts to be able to work efficiently.
Follow these simple steps:
Things you need:
1. Tape Measure
2. Cord string or tape
* First know your body points:
The Body Points
A = Side Neck Point (SNP)
B = Shoulder Tip Point (STP)
C = Center Base of Neck (CBN)
D = Arm Joint (AJ)
E = Bust Point (BP)
F = Side Waist Point (SWP)
G = Center Waist Point (CWP)
H = Side Hip Point
I = Shoulder Blade Point
* Next Take the body measurements
Things to Remember When Taking the Body Measurements
1. Tie a cord string or tape around the waistline.
2. The one being measured should stand straight.
3. Take the measurements as accurate as possible.
4. Use the same tape measure in taking the body measurements as well as in drafting the pattern.
Where and How The Measurements Are Taken
1. Shoulder Width (SW) – taken from left shoulder tip point to the right shoulder tip point with the tape measure passing over the back center base of neck.
2. Back Bodice length (BBL) – taken from side neck point down to the waistline passing over shoulder blade point.
3. Bust Height (BH) – taken from side neck point down to bust point
4. Front Bodice Length (FBL) – taken from side neck point down to the waistline passing over bust point
5. Across or Chest Measurement (AM/CM) – taken from arm joint to arm joint
6. Bust Distance (BD) – taken from bust point to bust point
7. Bust – taken around the body passing over the bust and insert 2 to 3 fingers at the back for ease
8. Waist (W) – taken around the waistline
9. Upper Hip (UH) – taken around the body 10 cm below the waistline
10. Lower Hip (LH) – taken around the fullest part of the buttocks
11. Armhole (A) – taken around the arm inserting two fingers at the shoulder tip point
12. Sleeve length (SL) – taken from the shoulder tip point down to the desired length
13. Lower Arm Girth (LAG) – taken around the arm where the sleeve length is taken inserting 3 fingers for ease.
14. Length of skirt (LS) – taken from the side waist point down to the lower knee.
* Now, you are ready to draft your pattern.