Making your own clothes begins by tracing clothes that fit well to make new patterns, altering thrift store finds into new garments and adding embellishments to exiting clothing. Personalize a wardrobe using simple sewing skills with a demonstration from an independent fashion designer in this free video on sewing.
Hi, my name is Rebecca and I'm going to talk about making your own clothes. Making your own clothes can be as complicated as using a dress form and taking the ideas right out of your head and making them into a reality. They could be as simple as adding a little bit of lace and turning a dress into a skirt. One of the easiest ways to make your own clothes is to make patterns off of the clothes you wear that fit you. So for example with a pair of trousers, I'm simply going to go around and recreate this pattern by measuring. Sometimes, the easiest and most fun way to make your own clothes are to take clothes that already fit and just make them your own. This was a shirt that I love when I saw it on the rack at the store, but the only size they had left was extra large. I took a t-shirt that I had at home and I made a pattern out of that size that would fit me, then I simply cut it to that size and hand stitched around the edges making a nice, secure seam. This skirt was actually a dress that I found at Goodwill. I love the fabric, but the top part of the dress just didn't fit. A simple A-line skirt, I just made, took the shape that I wanted and made it sit nice on my body. Then I cut it off, folded the waist band over and finished my zipper and then I added a little bit of lace at the bottom, for fun. So, as you can see you don't have to be an expert seamstress in order to make your own clothes.