Learning how to sew without a pattern can be quite tricky! But, it’s really satisfying once you get the hang of it! I have just the right tips and tricks for you!
Learn How To Sew Without A Pattern Using These Tips!
There are times when I come across a particularly adorable type of dress, blouse or costume that I want. But it turns out, it’s either unavailable or worse, they don’t carry my size! My solution? Make it myself! Usually, I turn to the guidance of patterns but when it’s not available, I’ve got a whole range of tips and tricks that still allow me to sew what I want! Read on below to find out more on how to sew without a pattern!
Tip 1. Take Your Measurements
Taking your measurements is a must for every sewer, especially when sewing without a pattern. Your measurements will serve as your guide! Make sure to measure the distance between your shoulders!
Tip 2. Sketch The Garment
Since you don’t have a pattern to abide by, sketch the clothing you want to create first. Sketching it will give you time to familiarize yourself with the garment. You can make a mental checklist as you go!
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Tip 3. Imagine The Garment Flat
Similar to sketching the garment, imagining it laying flat on a table will help you visualize how it would look like more. Imagining it flat will guide you on which sides should be sewn together and which should be cut in a certain way!
Tip 4: Use An Old Garment As Guide
Tip 5. Make Patterns Out Of Paper
This trick is a good option if you don’t have a similar garment for the style of clothes you want to sew. You may pin the paper to yourself to get the approximate size of the garment. But do this with caution, as you might prick yourself. This is better than cutting your fabric right away.
Tip 6. Use A Muslin Mock-up Pattern
To avoid starting over and over again, make a muslin mock-up pattern first! A muslin fabric is essentially used as a test garment made of cheaper fabric. You could save your fabric and adjust measurements using this!
Tip 7. Invest In A Tailor’s Dummy
Investing in a tailor’s dummy might just be one of my greatest decisions! I have an adjustable one at home and it helps me see how the project looks like as I progress. This is especially handy when I sew dresses for my child – she just can’t sit still!
- Be careful of cutting. A few centimeters can make a lot of difference in a garment.
- Iron the fabric before sewing. Get rid of all those creases.
- Keep trying on your garment as you go. Enjoy the process.
Learning how to sew without a pattern can be easy. Just check out this video by Prettycraftygirl on how to sew a dress without a pattern!
Now that you know these tips and tricks on how to sew without a pattern, you can go crazy and try sewing all those garments you want! Remember that summer dress you scrolled past Instagram? Go ahead, sew it now! How about the denim jacket you wanted, but never found a pattern for? You can try to sew it on your own! Take out your sewing kit and go forth, sewers! Enjoy!
Which of these tips helped you the most? Let us know in the comments below! Interested in working with stretchy fabric? Check out these tips for handling stretchy and knit fabric!
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