How Start to Sew - I am sewing since my childhood. I started a fashion boutique business and now I sew for sharing my experiences with others.
Many people asked me recently on the YouTube Channel,"How do I start to sew?" That is a simple question and it got a step-by-step answer.
Because it starts with preparing my mind to sew and ends with my hands to finish.
I know it may get difficult for the beginners but as you set a system for yourself. You would enjoy sewing more and you will take lesser time on each project.
I stitch for fun and day-to-day wear because I am not satisfied surfing a lot of time in the markets – online or offline for the kind of stuff, that I want.
When it’s not your everyday routine to do something particular, it gets a little burdensome and seems a huge task to do something.
So, how do I prepare myself to do a project or make a dress; or sewing anything particular?
See for yourself and let me know if I am missing any step:)
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HOW DO I PREPARE TO MAKE A DRESS.
First things first. I need to mentally prepare myself that I want that particular task done. No excuses, whatsoever.
It happens that if some special occasion or urgency or festival is approaching, I get super fast on starting and completing a dress but otherwise what!
I always come out with best results on last minute preparations but I know, even you would agree that last minute work is very risky. If the time ran short or couldn’t complete the work, then?
I am a good procrastinator but it does not serve the purpose. I know.
So, I prepare myself mentally what exactly I WANT and I CAN MAKE IT.
(I fear almost always before starting any project that I would spoil the fabric, especially when I have never done it before)
I decide what kind of dress I want. I check my designer files for ideas, go through fashion magazines for styles and check the net for latest designs.
Do I know how to make that dress? If not, I refer to my documentation, folder, books, online tutorials and zero in on the design I am most comfortable wearing and making.
THINGS TO COLLECT BEFORE STARTING.
Many times it happens that I already have a lot of fabrics and scrappy stuff to make a design. Mind works best when we are short of something and we revolve a design around the stuff that we already have.
If I am running short of something – some fabric, lining, trimmings etc. I make a list and head to the market to shop.
I collect my basic sewing material and tools, which are placed in or around my sewing machine cabinet.
- Scissors in the scissors case with the cutter.
- Measuring tape ( I have a number of them) hanging on back of the door.
- Scales on the top of the cabinet.
- Tailoring Chalk – in an old tin box (empty sweets box).
- Pins in a round pin box or pin cushion.
- Threads – standing in a neat plastic container.
- Iron on the cabinet shelf.
Most importantly, my Sewing Machine in perfect working condition, dusted and oiled in advance.
SETTING UP TO SEW
Doing a task becomes a pleasure when the surroundings are clean, organized, pleasant, airy, well-lit and my things are by my side.
Well, if it’s an urgency then I can’t afford to care about the surroundings but you’ll agree that it helps to work in a calm environment.
I get myself all dressed up, have my stomach full and get ready to work after checking my pen, paper, measurement notepad etc.
I set a time to start my work and calculate how much time I would be taking to finish it. I don’t go on till infinity with my work as time flies very fast.
SEWING MY DRESS.
I am not very particular about the indoor or outdoor, where I would cut the dress because my cutting table is on the terrace.
If the weather is not favorable, I cut the clothe inside the room as well.
Depending on the project or the dress I make, I collect things and then sit down to work.
I keep my pen and paper on my side to make note if I make any changes on my ongoing project, for future reference.
Making a video makes this task even easier because it so happens with so many of us that we complete a project and after a few months, we forget the steps.
A video documentation makes it simpler to keep my work safe and share with others, too. I somehow make some money also by doing so. You can do that too!
I try and generally do not rest till I complete my work. My mind and my soul get stuck up with the work I do, so I get very restless till that work is finished – that is, make my dress and wear it!
Here, I shared how I start a project of making a dress or sewing just anything. Because starting is the most important things.
Once started, it gets to be finished.
The tip I share with you that I try to do my research, brain storming, homework or whatever you call it before starting a project. This way I know what I am going to do.
Even then, if it’s something new kind of dress for me – I stuck up in the process. I look at all the alternative processes for a task to complete and visualize the alternate combinations.
It takes up a few minutes (sometimes more than that) but it pays off!
I come up with a better version of something.
I too fear before starting a project of dress making but once I start, I finish and I am fully satisfied that yes, I did because I could start.
So, Start and share with us how you start a project and get it to finishing line to call it your own!
Believe me, almost everyone fears before starting something new but how would you complete until you start it?