Dress uniforms are convenient and functional in many institutions and industries. Schools and the service and hospitality industry are the two industries where dress uniforms are seen. Making dress uniform samples will require you to consider the functionality they need as well as the culture of the place where the uniforms will be worn. You want to make a sample dress that will work well for various body types while assisting their wearers in getting their jobs done.
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Things you need
- Dress Form
- Sewing Machine
- Measuring Tape
- Sewing Pins
- Safety Pins
- Butcher Paper
- Fabric in your choice of colour
Determine the style that is both practical and appropriate for the workplace in which your uniform will be worn. For more conservative environments, you will want to design a dress that shows minimal cleavage and that is comfortable without being too form-fitting. Also decide on a length for the dress. Mid-calf is a good length that allows for ease of movement while providing appropriate coverage.
Start a rough sketch of your dress, including the colours you will be using. Have your sketch approved by your employers before cutting any fabric. If they like what they see, you can use an old dress as the pattern for your sample, or find patterns that will assist you in constructing your sample dress. Patterns can be found at local crafts store in the sewing section. Dress patterns also can be purchased online. You may opt to buy a pattern for a button-down dress shirt and a simple skirt if you are unable to find a pattern for the sample dress you are creating.
Place the pattern over your muslin and cut out the fabric sections. Use sewing pins to tack your fabric together as if it were sewn but don't sew it. Place the rough dress design on your dress form to determine any changes you might need to make. Use pins to make any changes in the seams and sleeves. When you are happy with the overall dress, use a pen or marker to indicate the areas you will need to trim to complete your dress. Remove the dress from the dress form, lay it over your butcher paper, trace a pattern around your modified fabric sections and cut the pattern from the paper.
Place your new pattern pieces on the fabric you are using for your official sample and cut the fabric sections and strips. Sew these together by hand using a running stitch or with a sewing machine. Add buttons, pockets, belt loops and zippers as needed.
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