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How to Make Your Own Clothes

How to Make Your Own Clothes
Learning how to make your own clothes is a pastime that will not only save you some money, it is skill that can evolve into a hobby that you love. With some practice, patience, and some sewing know-how, you’ll be on your way to making your own clothing before you know it. Here are some helpful tips to get you going. Getting Started If you have never attempted to make your own clothes before, or if you have little or no sewing skills, finding some good reference materials is a great place to start. Before you purchase any other materials besides a few reference books or patterns, you may want to start thinking about what kind of clothes you would like to make. Gather Notions, Materials, and Equipment Before you begin to learn how to sew, you’ll need to accumulate a few sewing necessities. Learn How to Sew If you already have some basic sewing skills or if you’re already a master seamstress, you can skip this part and move on. Choose a Project Use Recycled Fabrics Be Creative

Make Clothes and Accessories When you make your own clothing and accessories, your style is truly like no other. DIY fashion is often quite easy to accomplish, and the satisfaction of saying 'I made it!' is priceless. Start with some easy projects and advice. Shirts and Tops Create these cute tops and shirts with a little DIY know-how. Bags and Purses Carry something that makes a statement or simply holds all that stuff. Skirts Tailor your prom dress or just make a skirt shorter. Dresses You can create simple dresses or alter your dress to the perfect fit. Pants and Shorts DIY Pants. Hair Accessories From headbands to hair sticks, you can make all sorts of hair accessories at home. Belts Make your belt do more than hold up your pants. Hats Cap your lid with a toasty winter hat or a breezy sun-blocker. Gloves, Wristbands and Warmers Warm your chilly hands with these gloves, wristbands and arm warmers. Wraps and Scarves Add a wrap or a scarf, be it for warmth or style. Shoes, Sandals, Heels Alter Your Clothes to Fit No-Sew Clothing

Pattern Making Courses Online - Design your own clothes - eTelestia Make your own lace undies - tutorial and free pattern So Sew Easy If you have already visited my previous posts then you are all ready and set to start sewing you own underwear. Not got the free panties pattern yet? Download the pattern from this post – Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies And take a look here for how to put your pattern together (important) – Making up the pattern Download your free undies pattern UPDATE - Oct 2014. Once you are all set, you will need the following materials: Stretch lace with a finished edge on both sides – recommended 4 to 6.5 inches wide with a good amount of stretch (recommended suppliers Deb’s Lace and Trims and Sew Sassy)Matching regular threadPiece of cotton jersey – new or recycledSewing machineRecommended – Overcasting foot An overcasting foot is recommended for sewing with stretch lace to get a really nice narrow finished seam and edge inside. Let’s get started… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. I got all over excited and made several pairs. Enjoyed this tutorial and found it useful ?

Free Multi-size pattern to make your own undies So Sew Easy Undies, underwear, unmentionables, pants, panties, knickers, bloomers, drawers, briefs, etc. Whatever you call them, we all need them and wear them – but not many of us have ever tried to sew our own – until NOW ! And I’ve made a free pattern so you can all make your own to show off. Spurred on by my success with the Sewing with Knits course, I’ve been itching to try some new stretch fabrics. You know me, always trying to run before I can walk. It took a while to get it right, but I’ve made a pattern which you can use too – and it’s in size extra small through to large. Download your free undies pattern UPDATE - Oct 2014. All of the sizes are on the same pattern. Extra small – hips 32-34Small – 35-37Medium – 38-40Large – 41-43 Sizing will also depend on the amount of stretch in your lace, and whether you tend to prefer a looser or snugger fit. Full tutorial coming soon. Update – Part 2 - making up your pattern Part 3 - making your undies

Style Scrapbook: DIY: PROENZA SCHOULER BRACELET April 5, 2011 in Uncategorized by Andy This might be a bit of an odd accessory, but ever since I saw this Proenza Schouler bracelets, I though; Hey, cool! I want one! … You can certainly get the originals if you are willing to pay over 150 dollars OR you can make it yourself with my tutorial, which is actually pretty easy and you get to choose the colors you want, so hows that for improvisation?P.S- Have you seen Betty sporting StyleScrapbook for Kipling camera bag on her latest post? Andy

DIY Dress-Up Ideas: 5 Sexy Ways to Upcycle Old Clothing Upcycled designs often emphasize radical do-it-yourself transformations, but some of the most simple ideas can have dramatic impacts. These clothing conversions illustrate the ease with which people can upcycle ordinary objects and make them extraordinary, turning formless junk shirts clothes into elegant tops, bottoms and sexy dresses. Mari Santos does more than just recycle small-scale clothing extras into new, well-fitting and sufficiently stylish upcycled outfits – she shows how much potential exists in upcycling extremely plain everyday objects, things we would normally trash without a second look. A baggy t-shirt is one of the most ubiquitous items of excess clothing you can find in almost any closet. These ill-fitting and over-sized extras have a lot more potential than most people realize – from make-your-own dresses to two-piece tops and much more.

Large T-Shirt to Fitted Tee Tutorial | a.steed' I have these two t-shirts that I love. They're soft, comfortable, and have good worn (and sentimental) designs on them. But, I never wear them for anything other than around the house because they are large men's t-shirts and look completely shapeless on me. So, while I was staying with my mom at her camper this summer (she lives & travels in an RV), I asked her to help me try it out. First, a before & after look at the t-shirt we did. So, here's how it's done. Start with a t-shirt you love that's just too big Turn the shirt inside out and lay a shirt that DOES fit you on top of it, lining up the collars so that you can be sure it is centered over your large t-shirt. Thanks to brianagayle for the video tutorial & tips! No time to make your own?

DIY Tutorial: Elastic Strappy Bra » Operation Overhaul Here’s a really simple diy to convert your old/new bras into new elastic and fancy strappy ones! I find this especially useful for when the bands have stretched out and the bra no longer fits well. The tri-strap also looks great layered under loose tanks and low-back dresses! No more ugly bra straps peeking out! Materials you need for this tutorial:- Elastic (0.5″ Wide)An old bra with removable strapsScissorsSewing materials 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. I’m really glad at how this turned out and will definitely be wearing it with many of my tops!

12 Stylish and Unique Dresses Collection of the world’s most unusual, weird, and creative modern dresses. Umbrella Dress Stylish dress created for Orbit Mist print advertising campaign. [link] Colour-In Dress Make your own designs by adding colours with textile markers. Meat Dress Shocking dress made of meat for Lady Gaga by Franc Fernandez. Garbage Bag Dress Stylish dress made by Jeremy Scott out of regular plastic trash bag. Soda Can Dress Unique dress made by Jane Tan out of soda can tops and bottoms. Grass Dress Creative “dress” sculpture by talented artist Robin Barcus Slonina. Laser Cut Dress Elegant black and white laser-cut floral stencil dress by Marchesa. Toilet Paper Dress Intimacy Dress Futuristic dress made of interactive technologies and smart e-foils which becomes transparent based on personal interactions. Newspaper Dresses Recycled newspaper dresses made by university students in China. Balloon Dresses Cool inflatable dresses created out of hundreds of twisted balloons. Ink Dress

Sweetheart Ballet Tee Tutorial Here’s yet another way to spice up your t-shirts when you get a little bored with the plainness of them all. I did this a few weeks ago to two of my plain tees. I’m threatening to do this on all of the t-shirts I own. Materials: Fitted Tee Sewing Machine Coordinating thread Elastic thread Scissors Magic Erase Fabric Pen (not pictured) Cut the collar off: only cut a little around the back & cut more around the front to make a deeper neckline. Find the center of the front collar. HAND wind your bobbin with elastic thread. Turn your tee inside out and pull on the elastic thread until your shirt is as rouched as you’d like. Trim loose ends after securing the thread in place with a square knot. Dab the front of your shirt with water and a Q-tip to erase the magic marker line. FINI! This tutorial is free for personal use and should not be distributed without my consent.

No Sew, DIY Tee-Shirt Halter #2 This is a variation of the basic Halter I did HERE.. For those of you who did not like the back on the first DIY halter; this one makes the back tighter. I love taking one thing and creating different looks, is one of my favorite things to do. Enjoy! Tutorial Things you Need Tee Shirt * this is a Mens Extra Large, Hanes T-shirt I wear a Medium/ Large Womens normally.ChalkScissors #1 Front Cut on the red lines #2 cut the back on the red lines. #Back Cut the red lines #4 Twist the straps *This will make the back tighter as well* Criss cross them and wrap around your neck and tie Have a Super Saturday!! Lots of <3, Anne

Layered Tee - Tutorial Tuesday Layered Tee - Tutorial Tuesday My girl, Joy, came up with an amazing project last week that really got my wheels turning. You know when you see something and it inspires you to want to do 25 other things with the idea? See, Joy and I have a similar problem. Recycled Layered T-Shirt Supplies: 2 t-shirtspaperchalkscissorsneedlethread Begin with two t-shirts, I chose the outer shirt one size larger. Free hand a leafy sort of design (or hearts, or stars, or smiley faces...) on a sheet of computer paper. Lay your stencil onto the outer t-shirt and rub the chalk over the open spaces - Yes, I stole this sidewalk chalk from my poor children. See the design left behind? Cut out the design with your scissors (*tip: it's easier to do this by cutting a snip out of the center of the leaf first, then work your way out to the edges.) Okay, this is where brilliance comes in! You end up with these aged-looking edges that make my heart sing!!! Layer the two shirts together and sew the leaves around the edges.