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Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking 2020

Start making your own clothes with the Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking Want to learn everything there is to know about dressmaking? Whether you're completely new to sewing, or looking to rediscover some long-lost skills, the Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking will take you through all the essential tools, techniques, advice and projects you need to get started on your sewing journey. Inside this bumper magazine, you'll find 160 pages of step-by-step guides and helpful info about fitting, fabrics, zips and more that will inspire you in your dressmaking. There are 25 pattern-less projects from a maxi skirt and wraparound dress to a bomber jacket and zipper trench coat! All this plus a gorgeous tulip dress pattern (for sizes 6-20) worth £8.99 as a downloadable PDF with complete instructions. Improve your skills and expand your wardrobe today with The Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking!

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in this issue

2 min
sew an infinity scarf

YOU WILL NEED Lightweight fabric: 75x147cm (30x58in) Pom pom trim: 150cm (60in) Basic sewing kit NOTE Use the instructions on the previous page for working and stitching with lightweight fabrics. ATTACHING THE POM POM TRIM Step one Place the fabric right side (RS) up so the long edges are lying horizontally. Step two Place the pom pom trim along the top edge so the edges of the woven band are lined up with the raw edges of the fabric and the pom poms are hanging downwards. Step three Tack the pom pom trim into place all the way along as it will make it easier to sew the seam later if the trim is secure at this stage. 01 JOINING THE SEAM Step one Fold the fabric over so it is RS together and the raw edges…

3 min
fabric markers

Fabric marking is used for a whole host of stitching techniques, and it’s important to choose a marker that will suit your project and fabric. Pens, pencils and chalks are useful for transferring sewing pattern markings. Although you could also tack the markings or snip the notches, with fabric markers you can copy the pattern markings straight from your pattern before you unpin it from your fabric. You can also add seam allowances to patterns that don’t include them by drawing the seam allowance outside the edges of the pattern. And they’re not just for dressmaking! For patchwork and quilting, drawing quilting lines onto your fabric before you start sewing is an effective way to ensure your stitching is spoton. A water-erasable or chalk pencil is best, as the marks will…

3 min
sewing machine

MACHINE FEET With these five feet in your collection you can tackle most sewing projects. MACHINE TYPES There’s a machine option for every skill level, from beginner to seasoned pro. ELECTRONIC As you’d expect, electronic machines are powered by an electric motor that moves the needle and bobbin (and powers a light). Electronic machines are ideal for beginner sewists – they can be packed with features, but are generally easy to use. COMPUTERISED Computerised machines are suited to more experienced seamstresses or professionals – they have lots of clever stitch functions and a computerised screen, and some give you the option to input your own designs. OVERLOCKERS Overlockers finish seams by overstitching the edge and trimming away excess fabric in one go. These are a great investment, but a machine zigzag (or even pinking shears!) will also do the…

2 min
pattern weights

As their name suggests, pattern weights are used to weigh down pattern pieces so you can trace them or cut them out of fabric. It makes the often laborious cutting-out process faster, and is ideal for placing patterns on fabrics that can’t be pinned, such as leather or oilcloth. WHAT TO USE There are many different things you can use as pattern weights – anything heavy that will hold the pattern down. Some weights are fabric shapes filled with plastic beads, and others are plastic with small pins in the base to keep them in place. Heavy metal washers and large hex nuts come in a variety of sizes and are also ideal for using as pattern weights, so look out for them on your next trip to the hardware shop. You…

2 min
pinking shears

Finishing raw edges so they don’t fray is a key part of sewing and dressmaking – it’ll give your finished projects longevity and make them look nice and neat on the inside, too. If you don’t have an overlocker to do this with, there are two easy ways to finish edges – with a zigzag stitch on a regular sewing machine, or by using pinking shears. These look like regular scissors, but they have triangular-shaped teeth that make zigzag points in the fabric. Pinking shears have long been a favoured seam-finishing method – if you’ve ever bought vintage clothes, you’re likely to have come across pinked seams. BUYING PINKING SHEARS Pinking shears are usually around 21-23cm (8-9in) long. Good-quality shears have ball joints to ensure the blades run smoothly, and some have…

8 min
taking shape

RUFFLE SLEEVE TOP YOU WILL NEED Fabric: see instructions for details An existing top to draw your pattern from Metre ruler Tailor’s chalk Matching thread Basic sewing kit Designer Rosie says: “This paperbag-sleeve blouse is made from just six rectangles of fabric. One forms the front of the blouse and one the back. Each of the sleeves is made from a larger rectangle that is gathered and then split into an upper and lower part, and also a narrow rectangle which forms the ‘tie’ section.” TAKING MEASUREMENTS Step one You need a top that fits you to take your measurements from. It should be made from woven rather than stretch fabric with a rounded neckline and fairly roomy sleeves. This is your guide garment. Step two Take the following body measurements and write them down:…