How to Make a Latin Dress

Written by mitch wakem
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How to Make a Latin Dress
Make the Latin dress you have always dreamed of. (Shaun Egan/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Sewing may come very naturally to some people, and they may make it look easy, but the truth is that mastering the skill of sewing requires a lot of practice and patience on the part of an aspiring dress maker. But if you are someone who would just like to try making your own dress and see if you can pull it off just as a professional would, here are some simple instructions that you can follow.

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Things you need

  • Sewing machine
  • Needles
  • Pins
  • Thread
  • Fabric
  • Latin dress pattern
  • Scissors
  • Tailor's chalk

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    How to Make a Latin Dress

  1. 1

    Lay out the fabric on a large table to prepare for cutting. If you have one, you can use special cutting boards to make the task easier.

  2. 2

    Place the pattern pieces on top of the fabric and mark with tailor's chalk so you will see where to place the stitches later. You can also use pins to make sure that the patterns stay in place.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric with scissors, following the pattern. Make sure that the material is only lifted enough so that the blade can cut through it. Don't lift the fabric with your hands; just make sure that everything stays in place while you cut.

  4. 4

    Attach all the pieces of fabric that you have prepared with the pattern together with a basting stitch, following the marks you made with the chalk. Use pins to make sure that all the pieces are securely fitted together. This will prevent the need to restitch in case two or more parts are not properly in place.

    A basting stitch is a temporary stitch to hold the pieces together before finally using the sewing machine.

  5. 5

    Do the final stitching on the sewing machine.

  6. 6

    Fit and make adjustments if necessary.

Tips and warnings

  • You can start by doing a mini version of the dress you are about to make to give you an idea of what it will look like after you have finished. In some cases, this can also be a way for you to assess and determine the areas where you have the most difficulty and use the experience to correct yourself later.

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