- When purchasing your pattern ignore your ready to wear dress size! take your measurements and cut out the size which best corresponds with them. Do not be alarmed if you need to go up a few sizes. ready to wear sizes change constantly, patterns do not.
- Press and shrink your fabric if necessary before cutting out, and then pin the selvedges together
- lay the pattern pieces on the correct grainline which is clearly marked on the pattern piece
- Transfer all pattern markings onto the fabric. I use tailors tacks or chalk. Wash away and air-erasable pens are popular but use them with caution as the marks can easily become permanent. Dressmakers tracing paper and a tracing wheel can be used on thick fabrics so long as the marks do not show on the right side of the fabric
- Leave extra seam allowances when cutting out to allow for adjustments. This works well on side seams and waistbands
- tack the garment together before machining anything. This not only gives you the chance to fit it correctly but is where you can be creative and add your own design touches
- Press every seam as you go, this is important so I will repeat it. Press every seam as you go!
- Use a brand new machine needle for every project. Choose the correct one for your fabric, for example a ball point needle is used for stretch fabrics etc
- Try on at regular intervals to check the fit, wearing the correct underwear for the garment
- Most importantly ENJOY yourself and only make time making things that you love
Thank you for reading this. What are your tips?