Choosing the Best Dressmaking Material
Dressmaking material is usually thought of as the fabrics that you use in your dress. Those who have actually become intensely involved in designing and making their own dresses, however, know that the actual fabric is just one very important part of the dressmaking process. Equally important are the other types of material that help to hold the dress together and to decorate it and, of course, the tools that one needs in order to make a dress properly. Although making a dress can be quite difficult, as one becomes more proficient at it, one will find that it is not only a great means of self-expression but also a great way of saving money.
The Basic Tools
Here then, is a list of the tools that every amateur dress designer should have if he or she want to make a dress of any quality whatsoever.
Sewing Table: One need not have an actual sewing table—although it is highly recommended—but you should at least have a space on a table where you can have your supplies and keep you sewing machine. Having constantly to take a sewing machine out of a closet and to put it on a dining room table is not recommended. Every art form needs and deserves its own space.
Sewing Machine: Without a sewing machine, you will never be able to create dresses within a quick enough time frame or with an appropriate stitch. Every would-be dressmaker cannot due without a dependable sewing machine.
Tape Measure: Just like a carpenter, a dress designer cannot get by without her tape measure. You must carefully measure out your dressmaking material, if it is ever going to come together properly.
Scissors: For cutting of course. The best kind of scissors is those big clunky deals you remember your granny using when you were a kid--scissors that can really get the job done. If you inherit some or happen across them, get them. They are much better than the little flimsy cutters you come across these days. Pinking Scissors: It is also important to have a good set of pinking scissors—those scissors where one edge is toothed and will grip the material while you are cutting it.
Pins and Needles: Assortments of these little guys are the constant friends of the amateur and professional dressmaker alike. The designer can’t live without them. In addition, be sure not to forget to get different kinds of needles for your sewing machine as well. Some jobs will require strong needles while other will require delicate stitching of the kind that you can only really do by hand.
Basic Dressmaking Material
Fabric: A dressmaker can’t make a dress out of nothing. You need to have some kind of fabric from which to cut your outfit. Choose your fabric carefully, both for appearance and for comfort. A good dress should not only sit on the person’s body well—complementing the wearer’s best features and distracting from her less attractive bits, but should also feel good to wear. The woman who wears the dress should feel the way the dress looks just from the touch of the materials. It is no use making the most beautiful dress in the world, if the material makes the wearer feel itchy and uncomfortable.
Thread: Always try to have at least a few different choices with variations not only by the all-important color scheme but also in terms of thickness and durability.
Trims and fasteners: Along with buttons and other minor accessories, you should always have a good of set of latticed trims and firm fasteners to help you build the pattern of your dress.
Dress Forms: It helps to have some models to help you get started, even if you will soon be creating your own models to follow.
Fun: Finally, every dressmaker’s kit should be equipped with a good dose of fun. If you aren’t having any fun then you should really look for another hobby.