Top 5 Tips for Sewing a Dress | Sewing Lessons

Top 5 Tips for Sewing a Dress | Sewing Lessons


Hi, I’m Cynthia Mann and we’re here today
at Birch Fabrics in Paso Robles, California. This is also the home of Fabricworm.com. Hi, I’m Melissa Lunden; I’m the resident seamstress
here at Birch Fabrics. I teach sewing lessons here, prepare blog
tutorials and sew samples of Birch’s line of organic cotton. And I am here today to talk to you about sewing. So, here are my top five tips for sewing a
dress. First, start with an easy pattern. You have a lot of different options out there
and plenty that are for beginners and very user friendly with great instructions and
so don’t be scared. Start easy. My second tip for sewing a dress is read your
pattern all the way through. Get a feel of what the pattern says, what
the different pattern pieces are, what you’ll need. It’s really helpful to have a road map of
where you’re going and know why you’re sewing and doing certain things at certain points. My third tip is there’s and old adage, “measure
twice, cut once.” It’s important to get a really good idea of
how big you are, how big your garment is, and not cut before you’re ready. My next suggestion is to take the time to
do a mock up before you use your fancy, pretty fabric. It’s hard to do. Sometimes you get excited and you want to
start sewing right away but if you take the time to use some old fabric or some muslin
to try out the pattern first. You’ll find out where the pattern works for
you, what you have trouble with, and you won’t waste your good fabric. And then, by the time you’re ready to use
the good fabric, you’ll have worked out all the kinks of the pattern and figured out how
many tricks you need to use, and your dress is going to look perfect. And my last suggestion, when you’re sewing
a dress, it to remember that when you’re sewing a dark, you want to start sewing from the
outer edge of the fabric and work your way into the center. Don’t start in the center and work back. Good luck.

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