Teach Yourself How To Design Clothes

How To Design Clothes


Has shopping for the latest trends become a burden to you? What if you could learn how to design clothes yourself?

Are you stressed about trying to keep up with the latest fashion trends, but it’s just impossible because of your financial situation? Well, don’t worry because you’re not alone.

Two Caucasian teen models choosing which clothes to wear. USA (bobpardue.com)

Most women cannot afford to buy a whole new wardrobe that often, much as they’d like to be able to do so.

Then there are women who may not even care for the current styles, leaving them to opt for retro or vintage clothing.

Others will simply stick with the wardrobe they already have. Last but not least, there is that creative group who decide to sew their own clothes from patterns they design for a truly unique look.

If you have an urge to design clothes, you should give it a shot. Even if you don’t know how to sew, it’s easy enough to sign up for a sewing class.Learning how to design clothes can prove to be a very fulfilling hobby that will save you a bundle of money.

How To Design Clothes Yourself

If you’re a beginner, it’s best to work from an existing pattern. Design classic styles which are among the easiest to modify, as the lines are simple.

Find a pattern for whatever garment you’d like to design. A dress or skirt is a good choice. Pants and blouses can prove difficult to fit or modify.

Working from the picture on the pattern envelope, get a sketch pad and pencil and lightly sketch the clothes item as pictured. This is the starting point for your own clothes design.

Add Your Own Ideas For Your Designer Clothing

Do you prefer a longer, shorter or wider hemline? Should the waistband be changed? A dropped waist has a slimming effect, whereas an empire style tends to visually add weight if you’re the skinny type.

Patch pockets are easy to add. Should the bodice be looser or more fitted? When you design clothes, you’re the boss.

Changing Patterns To Fit Your Clothing Designs

Once you have your new clothing design just as you imagine, figure out the changes required to your pattern.

For example, if you’re making the waistband wider, lengthening the hemline and adding patch pockets, you need to calculate the change in the existing pattern pieces and create the patch pocket piece.

When modifying the pattern, lay the pattern piece over another piece of tissue paper. Trace the pattern piece. Use a transfer pen to transfer all the markings from the pattern piece to the tissue below. Now you have your new master pattern.

Purchase the necessary yardage of pattern cloth, a special fabric with a graph of all over, evenly spaced dots. Purchase extra yardage to accommodate your modifications.

The next step in the clothes design process is to pin-fit the pattern pieces to your body to get a preliminary idea of how your fitting works out.

Once you’re satisfied with the fit, stitch your garment together by using a large stitch length and then try it on. Make the final adjustments and now you have your new master pattern for sewing your new clothes design.

Learn More about Fashion Design Here

See how simple designing clothes can be and how great you feel wearing something you created yourself. Want more fashion tips for models? Check these out! Thanks for stopping by.

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