Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking

Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking Beginner's Guide to Dressmaking 2019

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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4 min.
know your machine threads

There are so many different varieties of sewing machine thread available that it can be tricky to choose the right one to use. It’s not just about finding a colour to match your fabric – you’ll need to consider other things, too, such as the fabric’s type, thickness and stretch. It’s worth taking the time to pick out the right thread for your fabric, as it’ll really make a difference to the stitching experience and your finished project. CHOOSING YOUR THREAD Although an all-purpose polyester thread will work well on most material, if you’re working with a slightly different fabric, such as stretch or heavyweight, then the general rule is to use the same type of thread as the fabric. So, for example, if you’re sewing with 100% cotton material, use 100%…

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…

4 min.
new-look linen

YOU WILL NEED Medium-weight fabric: approx 1.5-2m (1¾-2¼yds) Measuring tape Chalk/fabric marker Basic sewing kit NOTES Use a 1cm (⅜in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. Neaten raw edges with a machine zigzag, overlocking or trimming with pinking shears. CUTTING OUT Step one Fold your fabric in half, selvedge to selvedge. From the folded edge, cut a 5cm (2in) strip from the entire length of the folded edge and set aside. This is the kimono band. 01 Step two Next cut two rectangles of equal size. Our rectangles measured 61cm (24in) wide x 76cm (30in) long, which makes a kimono that would fit UK size 8-14. For other sizes simply increase or decrease the width of your rectangles. Step three Take one rectangle and fold it in half with the long sides together and cut a…

4 min.
know your pattern layplans

Beginning a new sewing project is exciting, and, if you’re anything like us, you’ll be eager to get going on the sewing machine. However, it’s important to take time to prepare both your pattern pieces and fabric correctly to ensure a perfect fit and finish on your completed garment. FINDING YOUR SIZE Most patterns come in multiple sizes, with a different type of line used for each. The pattern’s instruction sheet or envelope will have measurements on it to help you find out which size you are. PREPARING THE PATTERN Read the guide sheet that comes with the pattern to work out which pieces you’ll need to cut for your chosen style – these are usually numbered or lettered. If you would like to reuse your pattern you can trace your size from the…

9 min.
make a circle skirt

YOU WILL NEED Main fabric: 110cm (43in) width x 4m (4½ yds) or 150cm (60in) width x 2.5m (2¾yds) Iron-on interfacing to suit the weight of your fabric: see instructions for details Invisible zip: 25cm (10in) Bias binding: see instructions for details Hook and bar closure or button Embroidery thread or yarn Fabric pencil or chalk Matching thread Invisible zip foot Basic sewing kit NOTES Use a 1.5cm (⅝in) seam allowance unless otherwise stated. MEASURING UP Step one Decide how long you would like your skirt to be, from your waist to the lower hem. Take this measurement and add 1.5cm (⅝in) for the seam allowance. This measurement is called Skirt Length. Step two Measure your waist circumference and take off 10cm (4in). This measurement is called Adjusted Circumference. It accounts for the fact that…

5 min.
dancing queen

YOU WILL NEED One pair of voile curtains or tulle fabric: see instructions for details Spray starch Zip: 20cm (8in) Button Lightweight iron-on interfacing Basic sewing kit CALCULATING THE FABRIC Whether you choose to make your skirt from a pair of voile or net curtains or from tulle or netting fabric, you’ll need to ensure you have sufficient fabric for this layered skirt design. You’ll need to be able to cut three to four layers of fabric that are three times your waist measurement in width and around 60-65cm (24-26in) in length, and with enough left over to make a narrow waistband. So, ideally, your fabric width needs to be at least three times your waist measurement. If the width of your fabric is less than this, you will need additional fabric…