Like most things, the price of clothing is on the rise. Not much has changed. If anything designers are using less fabric and shabbier craftsmanship when it comes to their products. So what are you paying the extra money for? Most of the time the answer is “for the name”. People will pay thousands for what’s a rather standard jacket, just because it has a certain designer’s name sewn into its lapels. That may be a standard of life that some expect, but the majority of us couldn’t care less for designer labels. For us, homemade clothing might be one of the best options to consider.
Why make your own clothes?
Making your own clothes is much cheaper than purchasing new items in stores. Fabrics can come from near enough anything: old shirts, skirts, denim jackets and jeans to name just a few. Recycling is also good for the environment, and any fabric can be recycled to make something else beautiful.
Highstreet products are mass produced. Bumping into someone wearing the same outfit as you is never flattering and makes for a rather awkward moment. By making your own clothes, you ensure that your wardrobe is unique. You can cater exactly to your tastes and individual style and really express yourself through your clothes.
Talent and creativity
Wearing something that you produced yourself is entirely rewarding. Especially if you receive compliments on your outfit. Knowing that you produced an item of clothing shows that you are self-sufficient. It also exemplifies that you’re creative enough to come up with your own designs.
What will you need?
Everybody should have a basic sewing kit whether they intend to make their own clothes or not. These contain the minimal sewing items for minor repairs and small tasks. A good basic sewing kit will have various colors of thread, small sewing scissors, needles of various sizes, a tape measure, pins, safety pins, and buttons.
A sewing machine will make your life so much easier. It will sew in straighter lines than the majority would be able to do by hand. Most have different types of settings for different stitches and specialist machines will come with complete product guides. Don’t check what extras your machine will need, for example, thread for Sergers.
Sewing patterns will help you know what kind of shapes to cut out of your fabric to sew together into complete items of clothing. These are essential for harder styles of skirts, dresses, and shirts.
A dress making mannequin
Not essential, but incredibly useful. There aren’t many people who will stand around having clothes modeled and altered on them all day for no fee. A mannequin will allow you to perform these tasks seamlessly, though. Invest in a dress making mannequin. These allow you to set the mannequin to different waist sizes, hip sizes, and chest sizes. This will reduce opportunities for confusion when it comes to sizing up your creation.