Starter Craft: Design and sew your own clothes
I remember when I learnt to pattern cut for sewing at University. I was so excited by the world that had opened up to me. I started to view clothes and designs in a new way and there was no stopping me.
However, flat pattern cutting is difficult to learn, especially if you are teaching yourself.
Draping, however is easier to pick up and with the aid of a mannequin, you can literally see your designs appear in front of your eyes with the choice placement of a few pins. Which is why draping is my method of choice when making clothes.
Without a mannequin or dress form, draping can be tricky though (unless you have a twin the exact size as you, of course!).
Making your own dress form
There's also an article on how to make a stand for your new dress form too.
What next? Once you've made your dress form, or found one to use, you simply drape the fabric onto the form and pin together so that when you take it off, you will know where to sew. Yes, it's that simple.
So, why not change that piece of unloved clothing crumpled up and hiding in the back of your drawer, into your favourite fashion must have.
It's not as hard you think!