Sew Guide

You have two choices now that you have decided to make your own clothes either make your own patterns with the help of tutorials in this site orbuy commercial sewing patterns. Both are good but making paper patterns is a little bit more adventurous than getting ready made pattern. Read on if you are up to it.

Mens Boxer shorts -pattern & tutorial.

Make a Flare Dress with bell sleeves- free pattern

Free sewing pattern to make a tie front shirt

Make a drop shouldered top with shoulder slits

Make a ruffled tiered and fringed skirt from old jeans.

Make Fishermans wrap pants ( 2 types).

Make a Lace vest with Mandarin collar

Make a tank top with embroidered yoke

Sew an easy open front drapey Jacket

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Draft Pattern and sew a fitting SHORTS

How to make patterns for different salwar pants

How to make pattern and sew 8 styles of skirts

How to make patterns for different necklines

How to make patterns for 11 different sleeve styles

How to make a Kaftan dress FREE Pattern

How to make patterns for Yokes -7 Yoke designs

23 neck designs How to choose the right one to sew

How to make patterns to sew 3 styles of sari petticoats

How to make pattern to sew a Dolman sleeve top

How to make pattern and sew a Pencil skirt

Step by step sewing instructions to sew plain salwar pants

Learn to make DIY pattern to sew a Slawar Kameez/ Kurta

How to make fabric NECKLACES 23 free DIY patterns

30 + FREE Underwear tutorials and patterns

20 Best & easy to sew Ballerina skirt tutorials

Most of the clothes available in the retails shops today are made like cookies  Of the same pattern, of the same size. Without considering that God has made us all unique. No other body is the same unless you are a twin. Check out the post onHow to dress according to your bodyshapefor more on this.

I never get to the cash counter of a retail shop or look at a fashion magazine without thinking that I could make that myself. After learning to sew your own clothes, before long you will be doing it yourself.

Not that sewing is very inexpensive; It costs money to buy fabric and the factory made general sized clothing are sometimes very inexpensive. They dont last long which is another matter. Think of yourself as a designer and you will be wearing good quality clothes which will last a very very long time.

If you have been buying clothes off the shelf till now but now you feel you should make your own clothes you are at the right place. You can now own clothes which are more fitting and more comfortable and can wear it with a pride of having made it yourself. Not to mention the kind of pleasure you get when you make something yourself.

Checkout these 15important dressmaking tipsto follow if you want perfect sewing

Checkout the post on thedifferent types of clothesavailable for you to make yourself

It is not very difficult to make sewing patterns yourself. In fact it is easy once you know how to. Just allow yourself to make small mistakes and then you are ready to go. Make the first garment in an inexpensive fabric and you will be able to forgive yourself for the mistakes you inevitably will be making with your first few projects

If you like a particular ready made dress you can make a copy of it by making a sewing pattern from it checkout this tutorial formaking a copy of your dress .

Checkout these posts onHow to take body measurements for making sewing patterns;&7 types of Body shapes which one is yours ?How to take Hip measurementHow to read a tape measureandthe  sewing tools you needfor start making clothes

Capsule Wardrobe the 18 clothes you should have in your wardrobe and the12 basic dress silhouettes.

If you are an absolute beginner to sewing Checkout this post with allthe sewing tips and techniques a beginner who is learning how to sew should learn.

Drafting a pattern can be done on the paper or the cloth directly. Once you have made paper patterns, unless your body has not changed, you can keep on sewing with the same pattern again and again.

1. Time saving, if making the garment / or a single piece of garment like a sleeve, again; as, once you make a pattern you dont have to waste time the next time you are making a similar dress, in taking measurement and marking on paper etc ; you can just go about choosing your fabric and start sewing.

2. Ease of use is an obvious advantage as, if we mark directly on to the fabric and if there is some alteration in the measurement, the markings you have made may mess up your cloth.

A very useful and cheap marking tool which will be available with everyone is a piece of soap. Use left over thin slithers of soaps from your bathroom and store them near your cutting table. They can be used to mark on fabric- the advantage being that unlike all the traditional marking tools I have mentioned below they can easily be removed by rubbing gently with a wet cloth.

This chalk is especially made for fabric marking and comes in a number of colours; choose one in contrast to your cloth

This chalk is very easy to use and is gone with a wet wipe or wash

the marking might fade very fast with slightest touch

use this chalk like a pencil to trace around the pattern.

A pizza cutter like marking tool which makes small dotes in its wake.if used above a carbon paper creates a visible dotted line

the marks will go off with a wet rubbing; easy to see and not so easily removed as chalk.

mark made is difficult to see if used alone so cannot be used on see through or printed clothes. Also never use with carbon paper with dry clean only clothes or clothes which may not be washed before use.

use cardboard underneath to protect the other side of clothes and surface.

The ink in these pens disappear in a few days

some inks may not disappear so test on a patch of cloth

a sliver of bar soap is used to mark

cheap and you will have it at home always

cant be used on dry clean only fabrics; very difficult to see the marks on light coloured farbrics

Using needle and thread to stitch markings by hand

use tracing paper and wheel to make markings on wrong side then hand sew the line.

these are made using scissors; small snips are made at appropriate places

Do not over do it otherwise it can weaken the seam

clip about 1/4 inches into the seam allowance.

use contrasting thread to make small stitch without knotting the thread

used in places where marking with chalk and other tools are impossible

For more details on cutting fabric check the post Top tips  to cut fabric perfectly

Pattern pieces normally represent a garments right half. Fold your fabric in half lengthways with right sides together. Place the paper pattern piece straight on fold and pin spaced about 10 cms apart;  cut accurately. Do not forget to place one hand near the cutting line for stability while you cut with the other hand.

Some tips when marking your own patterns on to the fabric

Mark accurately be as precise as possible

You do not have to mark on the 2 fabric layers but while cutting this has to be taken into account

Always test your marking tool (chalk or pencil or tracing wheel) to see the impact on your chosen fabric and whether the mark will remain, or will it stain the fabric etc

Be sure to use a sharp pair of sewing scissors. If your scissors are blunt the edges will turn out ragged.

Take long cuts rather than many small cuts on straight edges and short cuts on curves.

A bodice top is something which you can alter to any style you want. Let your creativity run riot altering this pattern to what you want it to be

You can choose any of the60 plus neckline types50+ types of collar designsor40+ types of sleevesfor your bodice. Makeneckline patternsyoke patternsandsleeve patternsand design your own clothes keep in mind the different types of12 basic dress silhouettes10 types of waistlinesand9 types of skirt lengths.

Turn scarves to tops 2 DIY Scarf outfits.

This is made from a mens shirt step by step sewing instructions

Make a shorts with elastic waistband in the back and a fitting wasitband in the front. This pattern has a side opening with zipper and pant hooks.

Learn to sew different types of salwar kameez pants like Plain Salwar pants, Dhothi pants, chudidhar pants, Patiala Pants and Parallel pants.

Make DIY patterns to sew 8 basic styles of skirts

A line skirt ,Gathered skirt,Half circle skirt ,Full circle skirt,Handkerchief skirt,Gored skirt,Tulip hemmed skirt, Layered skirt,Waistband

You can design your neckline shape yourself with these patterns

Learn to draft different styles of Sleeves for your bodice. Turn any sleeveless top or dress into a sleeved garment very easily. Change the sleeves of your existing dress to a sleeve that suits you.

A Kaftan is the best and easiest dress or tunic that you can make for yourself. In just 2-3 seams you have a beautiful garment you have made for yourself.

With this tutorial you can draft pattern to sew a simple A line nighty as well as yoked nighty; you will also find instructions to make a gathered night

Sew a simple and fitting sari blouse for your latest sari with this easy to draft and sew pattern.

How to make patterns for Yokes -7 Yoke designs

23 neck designs How to choose the right one to sew

How to make patterns to sew 3 styles of sari petticoats

How to make pattern to sew a Dolman sleeve top

How to make pattern and sew a Pencil skirt

Step by step sewing instructions to sew plain salwar pants

Learn to make DIY pattern to sew a Slawar Kameez/ Kurta

Breastfeed your baby in privacy in any setting with this stylish but simple nursing cover. There are 2 ways of making it both very easy to make even for the ultimate beginner

How to make fabric NECKLACES 23 free DIY patterns

30 + FREE Underwear tutorials and patterns

20 Best & easy to sew Ballerina skirt tutorials

20 beautiful Infinity scarf tutorials

Im trying to find a pattern for a jumpsuit and romper, Thank you

I am trying to find a pattern to make a split turtleneck. Do you have one? I need to know where to place the split, on the shoulder seam or more towards the front also, should I use knit fabric?

It might be a little unusual to find a man keen on sewing, and although I have three daughters, so it isnt hard to have projects to keep busy with, I dont really sew anything for myself. Most of the clothes designs around are quite samey and not very inspiring (which I guess reflects the limited sense of adventure men have when dressing). I am a keen maker with anything but prefer working with natural fabrics, and have a drawer full of cottons and a drawer full of silks that I brought back from Cambodia and Thailand. Do you have any ideas and tips I might use when designing or making for myself?

(As to websites, I have a sculpture one, just to introduce myself, and because I didnt want to leave the box below blank )but havent been brave enough to put one together of clothes or food yet!

AuthorSarinaDecember 9, 2017 at 8:16 am

Thanks for your comment . I will add some mens clothing here. You are so right , not much fun in mens clothes but I see it changing gradually

Wowthe instructions to make patterns are very clear. Keep up the good work. Really happie to come across your website , inspires me to learn more and share more You are making this world a better place to live

AuthorSarinaOctober 16, 2017 at 1:23 pm

Thank you so much for the kind words . inspires me to write more

I love this site. It is a wonderful tool for learning to sew.

AuthorSarinaAugust 13, 2017 at 9:44 pm

This site has interested me in trying to make my own outfits.

AuthorSarinaJuly 22, 2017 at 6:51 am

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