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Sewing DIY dresses using the finished pattern is not as easy as it seems. Someone may object: ‘Just think - only a cloth and sewing! Nothing more!’ In fact, this process is a long and laborious. And DIY dresses patterns may be much more difficult than they seem at the first sight.
However, the finished pattern provides enormous benefits to all, and especially to those who are learning how to sew. Thanks to high-quality patterns and detailed instructions for sewing, we can make a dress for any shape without effort, without complex calculations, mind-blowing patterns and adaptations, and our new dress is likely to be sewn no worse than in a professional studio. Of course, provided that in the process of sewing you will take into account some little secrets and tricks.
What are the rules for those who have not enough experience in sewing?
RULE 1: First choose the easiest patterns, then step-by-step move to more complex ones
The complexity of the pattern is directly related to the experience and expertise - with the result. In different sewing magazines the complexity is necessarily indicated by conventional signs. Do not ignore them! If you are a beginner, do not grab the complex model, where you can encounter such processes, as pulling.
Perhaps, for a start you should make the most simple, but elegant models: a T-shaped dress, T-shirts and nightgowns.
Here you do not even need to make a copy of the pattern from the magazine – it will be enough to make the drawing on your own: front, back and sleeves (just draw a rectangle on the specified size), then cut out the fabric in a straight thread (put rectangles long side along the edge of the fabric and do not forget to give allowances for joints), and then very gently and smoothly perform the seams, neaten seams sections, and then perform the hem. The hardest part is to carve out and stitched piping neck.
By the way, do not be confused by the simplicity of the pattern. Sometimes simple rectangular cloth with the help of elaborate draperies can create stunningly beautiful, feminine and interesting dresses, as described, for example, here - summer dress-transformer.
Almost the same simple model you can see in this dress with a frill. However, the pattern must been re-shoot.
RULE 2: Check your dimensions
Before you copy the pattern from a magazine, size your measurements. Do not be guided by the size at which you buy a dress in the store. After the sizing your measures, you can find with surprise that, according to the patterns in magazines your size will be a bit bigger or less.
If above or below the waist measurements vary considerably, reshoot the larger pattern, and during the fitting carefully remove the excess in the right places: first cleave the pins (you can buy them in the store), and then baste the frequent stitches and once again try the dress on.
RULE 3: choose the ‘right’ fabric
If you decide to sew a dress for the first time, do not buy just an expensive fabric. Check whether the pattern is suitable to the selected fabric. There are patterns that are suitable only for the expandable tissues. If you sew the pattern of bielastic dress using the fabric that does not stretch across the material, most likely, you will not ‘get’ into it. For example, for the model of summer fabric dress with batik pattern or for the dress with the original cut of the neck and skirts only stretchable knitted fabrics are suitable.
When buying fabric, consider the fact that for a large pattern you have to combine it at the seams. Sometimes rapports are more than a meter in height, as, for example, in a workshop making dresses with graphic design – it has the height of 140 cm rapport with a large number of cut parts! In these cases, tissue consumption is very noticeable to be increase.
For sewing jersey you may need a special adaptation for the sewing machine. Be sure to try on your canvas embroidery fabric, how well your machine performs the seams. For sewing knitwear it is perfect to have a home serger.
It is even more difficult to cope with the structural knitted material, for example, with a boucle, as in an asymmetrical straps dress. Perhaps if you are just learning how to sew, it is better to take on more complicated dress, but not from boucle knit. Such models are better to be learned after a little work-out.
RULE 4: Follows description of process of sewing dress
Before copying the patterns, cutting fabric and sewing, be sure to read the instructions carefully. It is useful to learn how to sew on models for which you can find step by step instructions with many illustrations.
On sheets of patterns look for the pattern line is your size - in fact, as a rule, the same pattern is given for several sizes. After copying the pattern, check them against the reduced drawings in the instructions and transfer details, open ‘Cutting’ page and check up whether you have all the patterns in stock, if all the necessary patterns are copied (for example, right and left sleeve) in mirror image. Some items you will need to draw on your own on the specified size, as in the instructions.
By the way, copying the pattern, do not cut sheets from patterns. Copy them with the help of carbon paper (you can buy it in the shop) or tracing paper. Otherwise, you will buy a magazine for only one pattern, in web it’s impossible at all.
Before you cut the fabric, check again whether you have given the seam allowances and hem, because if you have not, your clothes may be too narrow or short.
Usually paper pattern is pricked on the fabric - notice, is it possible to save a lot of fabric, sometimes of this saved material you can sew one more little thing. After impaling around, chalk it around (you can buy it in the store). Draw the outline of the pattern first, and then the desired width of the allowances.
A very important detail: the alignment marks. They should be transferred to the seams allowances, as while sewing the labels with identical numbers must be exactly opposite each other.
Read instructions completely, no matter how ‘boring’ it may seem to you. Section ‘Tailoring’ must not be missed too. Prick parts exactly in the sequence, which is shown in this section. Follow all the instructions. Such little things, as to cut allowances for rounded welds or duplicate part with a seal, can play a crucial role in the dress fit.
At the end of each step (and it is better to do more often) do ironing of your dress and try on, checking the fit in every detail.
RULE 5: distinguish between simple and complex sewing operations
For example, sewing sleeve with classic drenched in the form of a bell is a complex operation, to fulfill it perfectly from the first time is possible for everyone, so it is best to start with the more simple thing, as sewing ‘bat’ sleeves.
Do not be fooled with the apparent ease of execution raglan sleeves, especially with darts on doused. It’s rather difficult task
Here, if you have too narrow or too broad shoulders you have to fit the pattern to the shape more accurately. Having broad shoulders, you’ll make them seem even wider if you sew a dress with sleeves-wings with original cut. This option is perfect for women with narrow shoulders and fragile shape. Broad girls should better make fashionable sleeves ‘wings.
By the way, you can easily make a pattern - sleeves ‘wings’ yourself, but be aware that such detail is better to been made of light, soft flowing fabrics.
You've probably already realized that sewing is fraught with a lot of little secrets that make good tailors sew things that ennoble the person who wears them. But taking into account all these tricks and secrets may help anyone who wants to do it. You just have to follow the DIY dresses tutorial and the advice of those who know how to sew carefully.
In order to make a dress with your own hands is needed not only to build a pattern dress properly. When sewing dresses you need to know the details of cutting processing technology, to be able to carry out the first dress fitting. For some types of cloth it is necessary to be able to do a wet-heat treatment of certain parts of the dress, to know how to iron out the seams and other allowances.
Telling the entire process of tailoring dresses in a short article is impossible, especially in general. Various models and styles of dresses have their own characteristics, not only cutting, but also sewing, processing. But, nevertheless, there are a number of general recommendations that can be used for anyone who decided to make a simple summer dress with their own hands.
After building pattern dress, it is necessary to prepare.
1. The contours of the back, shelf and sleeves need to be transferred from the main drawing on another sheet of paper. Every detail of the pattern must be displayed on a separate page. The paper for this purpose can be used without markup. And after, when you are convinced of the accuracy of your pattern it can be transferred to the thick cardboard or oilcloth film.
2. On the details of the pattern it is necessary to put the waist, hips and tucks line and other most important lines, identify key points, notch, an equity line.
3. Before you cut details of the dresses, check all the segments of trunk pattern details. Make sure the size corresponds to the volume of doused armhole sleeves, taking into account the planting or folds on the top of the sleeve (if provided). Compare neck and collar. Always make sure that the side seams of the dress are the same, and you will not have to put them together while sewing on a sewing machine. The same shall be: the shoulder seams, cut of the sleeves and the bottom and the others.
4. In case of mismatch, fix it, either by cutting the excess or using additional gluing pieces of paper and changes in contour.
5. Do not forget to leave allowances on the layout patterns of the fabric for the subsequent cutting.
6. Professional tailors do not build patterns with allowances, but it is more convenient for beginning tailors to make patterns with allowances. Then the errors are eliminated when cutting tissue.
Preparation of cloth for cutting dresses
A lot of fabric (before cutting) must be prepared. For example, woolen fabrics often require damp-heat tissue processing. Some fabrics require abundant moisture (washing process), followed by natural drying. Fabric with a nap, such as for example corduroy, velor have different shades. All this must be took into account before you cut the fabric and sew a dress.
1. Cotton, linen and silk fabrics are ironed inside out. If the fabric is skewed, moisten it and pull.
2. Woolen fabric and the fabric of synthetic fiber need damp-heat tissue processing.
3. Identify the front side of the fabric. Some cloth is almost the same on the both sides, so it is difficult to do. In this case, be guided by the edge. All the rolls of fabric are folded with the front side inside on the factory (with the special equipment), on the edges of which there are the needles. So, these punctures from needles are clearly visible from the front of the fabric.
4. Inspect the entire piece of fabric. In case of any defects immediately circle it with chalk, in order to avoid them when cutting.
5. Sometimes, some fabric for summer dresses needs a trim after a cutoff in the shop. Pull the thread cross from the cut edge of the fabric, and due to it you will be able to determine exactly where to cut the fabric.
6. If your fabric has pile or one side directed print, cut dresses details should be performed in one direction only. All the items of pattern except facings, belts and cuffs should be expanded in one direction. The pile should be directed upwards.
Layout and cutting of the dresses details
Lay the fabric on a table for cutting up. Back side up, edge to edge, front side is facing inwards.
1. Be sure that the direction of equity tissue strands with directions specified on the dress details pattern.
2. Follow the normal size giving space for the seams, hems, pleats allowances, etc.
3. Place the pattern of symmetrical parts that do not have a seam or zipper on the fabric fold.
4. Use the fabric efficiency. Emerging large areas of cloth put in one place. You can carve out the small details of dress from them.
5. Put large pattern parts (the back, sleeves, etc.) on the fabric first. And in between them you place the remaining parts: the collar, cuffs, belt, etc.
6. Chalk the contours of the dress patterns with two lines: the contours of patterns and taking into account the seam allowance.
7. The patterns must be cut according to the second chalk line.
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