Friday, 27 March 2015

Fancy becoming a fashion designer? | Lifestyle & Fashion

Do you ever find images of great fashion and then spend months visiting every store in the country trying to find something similar that fits? Most of us have had our hearts set on one or two gorgeous pieces that only seem live out there online. If we are investing our money on our look, then it needs to be right, and none of us should have to settle for disappointment. If you are a creative and skilled person, you may even have considered making something similar yourself.

For some, it is footwear. You can never find that gorgeous pair of boots to fit your calves. For others, it’s tops. They tend to be too short on you. Some people find a skirt that fits around the waist well just won’t make it past the thighs to pull up! Whatever your fashion angst, we’ve all been there, and we’re all pretty fed up with it. But would you dare create your own outfit from scratch?

Sewing and dressmaking are highly skilled jobs. They take years of experience and endless patience. But unless you try it, you won’t know if you could be any good at it! Get yourself a photo of something you want to create. Now you are going to need a good friend to measure those parts of the body this incredible garment needs to cover. Once you have all the essentials, see if you can apply it to a standard template.


Next, you are going to need to buy the right fabric. Try looking at dance fabrics online to get you started. There is certainly no point in going with drab if you’ve come this far! If you don’t have a sewing machine, you may be in for a long haul. See if you can borrow one, or pick one up cheaply. Alternatively, take an adult education course in dressmaking so you can also tap into some professional advice to see you on the right track.

Creating your own clothes isn’t easy but it certainly isn’t impossible. For the most part, things that you create can be tweaked to make any errors right. Always leave yourself plenty of room for error and start small. If it is summer, you can choose something loose and flowing, meaning there is more wiggle room for error. Don’t start with your wardrobe essentials, but rather something that acts as a layer and can be removed if it’s not working.

It certainly is worth having a go at trying to make something. For the most part, it is all about the fabric you choose. The pattern and color of the fabric will draw attention long before the finish on the sewing does. Clever choices can also help you work more effectively. Think about how the pieces need to connect together. Do the patterns or colors need to match or do you have more freedom? Enjoy having a first go a fashion design, and then use the outcome as a learning tool for your next masterpiece.

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