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How to Sew Your Own Clothes
1. All garments are made by putting together shapes. Understand how a finished piece comes together by combining shapes.
2. Seam allowance can seem like a foreign topic to beginners, but be sure to add an additional 1/2” - 5/8” to the pattern piece so that it can be sewn together.
3. Pressing, with an iron, is just as important as sewing and pinning when creating a flawless garment.
4. Properly pinning and matching notches (reference dots) is extremely important in garment construction. This lines up the pieces you are sewing so that you can ensure you’ll end up with the right seam line.
5. Above all, understand the fabric you’re working with. When designing a garment or sewing project be sure to pick the appropriate fabric: consider stretchiness, volume, durability and comfort. Do not attempt to make a leotard out of tulle.
Kelly Bogan teaches Intro to Sewing at 3rd Ward.
Photo Liz Clayman