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If you’re looking for a unique, one-of-a-kind dress for a special event, you might want to consider sewing one yourself. When you go this route, you can be sure that no one else will be sporting your look. In addition, you can ensure that the dress fits perfectly – instead of being bound by a designer’s idea of a size four, you can custom fit your dress to your size. Another great part of sewing your own dress is that you get to embellish the dress in any way you like. If you prefer to have zippers instead of buttons, it’s completely your call. However, there are many things to consider if you plan to take on this task.
Consider Your Skill Level
If the most sewing you’ve ever done involves putting a button back on, you may need to work up to the more complicated task of sewing a dress. There are specific terms and phrases that are used for sewing something this intricate, and the techniques you’ll use to sew your dress will be much more complex. You may want to practice sewing a smaller project out of the same fabric if you’re using a fancy, new fabric. For example, if you’ll be using silk or satin on your dress, you’ll find that it’s much more difficult to sew than simple cotton.
Measure, Measure, and Measure Again
An old saying says, “Measure twice and cut once.” This is definitely true when it comes to sewing your own dresses, although I’d honestly recommend measuring five times before you cut out your pattern pieces. Dress patterns are based off of body measurements – not standard dress sizes. The best thing to do is to measure each part listed on the pattern and make sure it matches the size you’ve chose. Commercial designers often cut clothing larger than what a pattern will allow for, so if you’re a size four by Abercrombie standards, you might be a size six or eight on a dress pattern.
Choose the Right Style and Fabric
The same fashion rules that you follow when you’re buying a dress apply when you’re sewing your own. If you look awful in short, dark dresses, this isn’t going to change just because you sewed the garment yourself! Choose a pattern that’s similar to something you’ve worn before or that’s a combination of pieces you’ve tried on previously. Consider things like the neck line, waist line, and the length of the dress. You also need to understand that fabric sometimes looks much different on a roll than it does in a completed dress. Make sure you have a mirror available, since you’ll need to unwind the fabric and drape it around your body to see what it will looks like as a dress.
Have Fun Accessorizing
There are a number of options you can choose from to accessorize your new dress. You can buy buttons, zippers, and even appliqués to “dress up” your dress. You might even consider using lace or a satin sash for an added effect. Some people choose to use a layered effect by placing a sheer piece of material over a solid color. You can also find many different embroidered lace fabrics to use for this purpose. Whatever you choose to do, have fun and enjoy creating a dress that’s unique and matches your own style and personality.