The recent upsurge in craftiness has seen more people take up skills like sewing. You can take up sewing lessons on social media or find sewing workshops near you and get involved. This way you will surround yourself with people who share the same interest as you.
Sewing doesn’t have to be a daunting task but let’s be honest; it can take you a few hours to even weeks depending on different factors. These include the complexity of the design, time and availability of materials.
How Long Does it Take to Sew a Dress?
To be honest, sewing time is dependent on various variables. They include;
- Experience: Your ability to sew a dress whether simple or intricate will depend entirely on your experience. If you are a beginner then it will take you more time to sew a simple dress.
- Time: You can decide to sew either full time or as a hobby and this will definitely affect the period you take to complete a dress.
- Materials: Availability of tools required to sew a dress will greatly influence the whole process. If you sew with a machine it will take you a shorter time compared to hand sewing.
- Design: A simple dress will take a shorter time unlike a complicated one even to an experienced seamstress. It all comes down to the production process and techniques.
How to Make a Dress from a Pattern
The next step after learning to sew is to use a pattern which is a template for tracing onto fabric. It will provide you with a wide range of creations to choose from. You can use a simple pattern to an intricate one depending on your level of experience.
You can easily make your own variation using printable patterns available online(or make your own patterns). Get lost on You Tube and Pinterest for a few hours and get inspirations on different patterns.
This way you will get an idea of how others have used the same pattern on different fabrics.
This article will guide you on how to create a dress from a pattern;
- Prepare your fabric. You may not be aware but it is advisable to wash your fabric before sewing. Some fabrics shrink or run and it is better to deal with that early on. Dry and press to remove creases and folds.
- Understand the Pattern. Make use of the manual that comes with the pattern to understand the pieces required. It will guide you on how to cut out the template, construct your garment and the sizing.
- Be sure to also check if the pattern comes with seam allowance or you will be required to include them. Note the grain lines, notches, dots and button markings.
- Mark and Cut out the Pattern. Choose the right size according to your measurements and bear in mind multi-sized patterns. Make use of a tracing wheel, tailor’s chalk to clearly mark out the corresponding lines.
- Cut out the layout in line with the size, width and size of fabric. Use paper scissors rather than fabric scissors. Press your pattern pieces using iron to remove creases.
- Cut the Fabric. Lay your fabric on a flat surface or the floor using the guide. Smooth it out to remove any folds or creases. Pin the pattern on the fabric or use pattern weights. Be sure to leave a seam allowance.
- Use a fabric scissor to cut around the pattern and through the fabric bearing in mind minute details like grain lines.
- Transfer the Pattern. The last step before sewing is to transfer all the markings on your pattern to your fabric. These include darts, buttonholes and pockets. This will provide accuracy and save you time.
You can check the height and size of the fabric one more time to make sure all the pieces are in the right place. It is easier and quicker using a sewing machine. You can alternatively hand sew though it more cumbersome and time consuming.
Where to Get Fabric From
You’ve probably taken up that sewing class but wonder where to get fabric from. That should not worry you since are readily available. They can be quite expensive depending on the quality, size and the design required.
If you don’t have time, you can easily find online sources that sell on-trend fabrics. Online shops provide you with pre-cut or by yard fabrics.
Alternatively, you can make a trip to your local fabric store. Here you will get the chance to personally select a fabric of your choice.
- Sufficient quantity: you will receive 4 packs cotton fabric bundles, each pack contains 7 pieces sewing fabric in different patterns, 28 pieces in total, enough quantity and various patterns to meet your multiple crafting needs, also comes with 1 pair of scissors in random color for convenient cutting
- Quality material: the sewing patchwork fabric is made of quality cotton, soft to touch and comfortable to wear, breathable and easy to iron, sweat absorption and moisture absorption; Even after repeated washing, the color remains bright, can be washed at 40 °C and ironing level 2; Please do not bleach, wash with similar colors
- Size detail: the square sewing craft fabric is approx. 10 x 10 inches/ 25 x 25 cm, suitable for cutting into different shapes, and them take these small pieces to make DIY crafts, you can make it with your kids together to practice their hand-on skills
- Various patterns: these square bundles fabrics are designed with various patterns and different colors, such as polka dots, stripes, gingham, prints, flowers, etc., which can give you more choices to make many craft projects and sewing DIY craft
- Applied for: the quilting patchwork fabrics can be widely applied for quilting, patchwork, bags, clothing, purse,children bibs, kids clothing, dolls, dress for dolls, curtain, cushion, home decoration sewing and other DIY crafts
- Material: 100% cotton Fabric (thin)
- Size: About 9.8"x9.8"(25cm*25cm) ; Patterns:Floral,dots,stripe,stars
- Package: 56 pieces different designs cotton
- Eco-friendly prints fabric, soft and comfortable,breathable.
- Suitable for bag, wallet, purse, baby clothes, quilting patchwork, kids bedding and many other sewing crafts.
- DURABLE Strong Stainless Steel Rust Resistant Blades: Forging press manufacturing process enables high-density steel that makes 3 times harder than normal stainless steel and are smoother cutting.
- ULTRA SHARP and ALL-PURPOSE: Easy for cutting more than 16 layers of fabrics. Ideal for sewing, tailoring, quilting, dressmaking, cutting patterns, alterations, hand craft, home and office use etc.
- MULTI-COLOR TITANIUM coating blades. They are strongly resistant to rusting and to adhensives such as glue and tape, making them ideal for almost any kinds of tasks.
- SOFTGRIP handle: Ergonomic design for precision control and max comfort.
- LIFETIME: Every Product is independently tested and selected to ensure the performance you expect, for everyday low price. The result is a quality item backed by our commitment to your satisfaction.
- Fat Quarter Quilting Fabric Bundles
- Fabric Type: 100% Cotton ; Eco-friendly Twill Prints cotton fabric; Dense and Soft
- Fat Quarter Bundle includes 7 18-inch by 22-inch fat quarters
- Theme: Cute Flamingo Strawberry and Stripes
- Fat quarters for quilting, all precut fabrics are also perfect for any sewing and crafting projects, from apparel to home décor
How Long Does it Take to Make Your Own Wedding Dress
You probably have the wedding date in mind and you decide to make your own wedding dress. The process is quite laborious, time consuming but equally fulfilling wearing your own design that special day.
It is advisable to start your creation a few months earlier to a year in advance. This will give you an ample time to go through all the necessary steps. It all starts with the initial drafts of the design and assembling the required materials.
You should make a point to visit the fabric store near you and flip through the different patterns available. Decide on your style and the type of silhouette to suit your body. If you are a beginner, don’t jump headlong into your creation. Sharpen your skills on a simpler design and get a hang of things.
Wedding dresses are more intricate and each piece should fit like a puzzle for that glamorous look. You should also put into consideration the finishing of the gown. These include hems, seams, overlays, sleeves and liners. All these details will require a lot of time and patience from your end.
You should finish your wedding dress a few weeks before the wedding day. This will allow for corrections if any and also to get your mind off sewing as it can be quite draining.
Make a mental note on your wedding style, weather, pattern and formality. The whole process may sound difficult and time consuming but it will be worth it in the long run.