I am on a journey, learning to sew clothes. I love to enter sewing contests to improve my abilities and to challenge my stitching skills.
I recently made a Denim Kimono as a refashion project. Refashioning is a lot of fun! You can take something you already own, unstitch it, pull it apart or cut it to bits and then resew it up into something brand new and uniquely designed.
Think of fashion just like you would as any other new hobby or project making yourself the ideal refashioning type of student.
If you are wanting to stay with the easier fabrics, look for:
1. Does it unravel easily. Look at the bottom edges of a bolt where the fabric has been cut. Is it coming apart real easy or staying together?
2. For matching seams; solids and small prints are best.
Fabrics are either Directional or Non directional. Directional fabrics or fabrics “with nap” — means that it either has a design that can only go in one direction, or the fabric looks lighter or darker depending on how you hold it. This type of fabric must be cut in a certain way so that both sides look the same (i.e., the design isn’t upside down). When working with directional fabrics you might have to buy extra to accommodate the design. *Don’t let this stop you from buying these fabrics. However, if you or your child are perfectionists I would steer away from plaids, starting off.
Non directional or “without nap” — means that the design can be turned any way and it looks the same, or there is no design at all.
3. Fabric that does not stretch a lot.
Some examples of “easy to work with” fabrics include: cotton, polyester cotton blends, denims, firm knits (not as much stretch), wools, broadcloths, poplin, flannel, sweatshirt knits, seersucker, calico…the list goes on. (When I first started, I would look at a list like this and say, “I don’t know what all these are — help”. Remember, with your first projects being small, you are not having to buy large quantities of fabric, so don’t feel limited. Look, feel, and experiment! )
What you pay with regard to is that which you get. An inexpensive garment won’t ever look or even feel just like a well-crafted one. Succesful sewing addicts know how to change their inexpensive garments to suit or appear better. Quite simply cheap clothes usually have to be worked onto be enhanced and high quality garments occasionally have to be updated or even repaired.
Turning your fashion drawings into real clothing pieces or clothing accessories, like jewellery or handbags, is a great way to express yourself and possibly even impress your friends. Besides being fun and exciting, you may ascertain that your hobby can become a profitable career opportunity.
I am so happy I’ve started to learn to sew and I’d encourage anyone that likes the idea of sewing to go on and give it a go.