“The dress must follow the body of a woman, not the body following the shape of the dress.” – Hubert de Givenchy
How could you forget the magnificent black dress that Audrey Hepburn wore in her role as Holly Golightly in Breakfast at Tiffany’s?
Did you know that it was made by Givenchy, the fashion giant?
Whether in a famous film, a magazine, or just on an evening, a good dress is unforgettable, even those we imagine but can’t find in shops.
Anyone can learn how to sew or knit a dress. You don’t need to be a famous fashion designer or an expert in dressmaking, you can learn to sew with sewing courses and then just follow a sewing pattern.
Be it an evening dress, floral sundress, sleeveless shirt dress, maxi dress, wrap dress, party dress, baby dress, shift dress, circle skirt, etc, you can now get the wardrobe you always dreamed of.
Just follow our advice below and your creativity will do the rest. Sewing and creating handmade clothes to wear isn’t as hard as you might think.
In this article, we’ll be providing you with tips and resources for learning how to sew a dress and creating your own wardrobe!
Are you ready to get your needle and threads out of the drawer or your sewing machine out of the loft?
For a beginner, you might think that making a dress seam is really complicated and you’ll never manage to make your own clothes. However, if you break it down into several steps, it can be one of the best sewing projects to get you started.
When you make your own dress, you can let your creativity run wild. (Source: AV_Photographer)
There are plenty of tutorials and free sewing patterns available online. You can also get books to help you learn to sew. Generally, when making dresses or skirts, these are the steps you’ll have to follow:
Check out how to sew on a button, too!
There’s no need to set your sights on complicated tasks at first. In just a few steps, without having to get lessons on sewing or knowing what a serger is, you can make a dress quite easily.
With a bit of thread and by following a few steps, anyone can make a dress.
If you have a needle and thread, you’re most of the way there! (Source: moritz320)
You can make a dress in less than an hour. There are blogs with step-by-step guides explaining how to and there are also different length dress you can make.
You just have to cut four identical pieces of fabric and sew them together while leaving a hem around the neck, armholes, and bottom, add a belt, and you’re finished! If you have another hour free, you could even make a pleated skirt!
There are also online blogs detailing how to make a dress with just four pieces of rectangular fabric.
You can opt for a lighter jersey fabric or customise your dress by adding pockets or gathered shoulders, for example.
A strapless dress is a great style to start with. It’s very simple to make and can be worn on the beach or at a soirée, depending on fabric and clothing patterns you choose.
You basically have to cut a 1m by 1m piece of fabric, sew the edge together to make a tube, place some elastic along the top and the middle to gather the fabric, make a hem, and you’re done!
You could make yourself a bag after that!
There are passionate bloggers who’ve set up shop on the web and offer free dress patterns and tutorials. Here are some of the best:
If you want to take things even further, you could attend a workshop or private tutorials. You’ll learn techniques like canvas mounting, which can be used to strengthen parts of a garment or a stitch, creating patterns, designing patterns on a fashion model, overcasting, etc.
You’ll also learn about the different types of fabric, accessories, and piping, for example. You’ll be able to work with different types of materials and patterns: fleece, viscose, satin, velvet, patchwork, etc.
Does the word “pattern” make you feel uneasy?
Don’t worry! Working without a pattern can make you feel free!
It can be quite easy to make certain summer dresses. (Source: Pezibear)
There are also blogs and videos online showing you how to do this. The main things you have to do:
An elastic skirt is also really easy to make. Without a pattern, you can make a nice pleated skirt for either summer or winter, depending on the fabric you choose.
To do this:
What about making your own trousers?
There are a lot of passionate YouTubers offering advice and tips on how to sew and make dresses. Whether you want to make a dress, blouse, tote bag, quilt, pillowcase, or doll clothes, here are a few of the best YouTube channels around:
It doesn’t take a genius to work out what this channel is about (it’s crafts, by the way!). You can learn about quilting, knitting tops, sewing, as well as kitchen crafts like cooking and baking.
This channel has playlists on different types of garments and different levels of abilities. Once you’ve got the hang of the easier projects, why not move onto more advanced stuff?
This is a good channel for beginners. In fact, this is the main focus of the channel. If you’re an absolute novice, looking for a skirt pattern or information on stylish projects, or wanting to make a summer dress, this is the place to go!
If you’re on a budget, you probably enjoyed seeing the word “free” in this channel’s name. There are loads of great projects and sewing tips on this channel. There are tutorials for beginners, projects for children (like making clothes for a doll), and how to recycle old clothes.
This is a channel that’s worth checking out once you’ve got to grips with sewing as there are plenty of advanced sewing techniques explained in great detail. However, the delivery is very clear and the methods are explained step-by-step so you might be checking out this channel sooner than you think. If you’re looking for tutorials on embroidery, embellishment, ruffles, or pleats, this is the place to go!
You don’t necessarily have to sew by hand. (Source: moritz320)
Now you can make your own original dresses… It’s sew easy!
See our guide on sewing trousers.
Find out how to sew on a button.
Discover how you can make a bag.