How to Sew Clothing I’ll Love

Unworns: I made that word up, but if you sew clothing you know exactly what I’m talking about. You sewed it, you like one or two things about it, but it sits in your closet UNWORN. Why is that?

It doesn’t fit correctly. It’s too long above the bust, it’s too short below the waist, it’s too tight in the sleeves, it’s too loose on the waist, the neckline is too low, the back is too tight, etc.

It felt like a waste of fabric, money, and time. For the past couple of years I have been on a mission to stop making unworns. I wanted to make things I loved. I  want to wear things I made.

These are my steps for sewing loved handmades, making a handmade wardrobe you’ll love, and avoiding the accumulation of unworns. 1. Figuring out your style 2. Planning your wardrobe

How to Sew Clothing I’ll Love

Figuring out your style

For some people they have always known what their style is, what they like, and they are not swayed by trends. I was not one of those people. I have always liked fashion and liked almost all the styles.

Planning your wardrobe

I created my own free handmade wardrobe planner to help me plan garments with handmade garments that are already in my closet. I love to see who colors and silhouettes work together before I make it.

Planning your project very carefully

I have found that most of the time a project turns out unwearable, it is because I used the wrong fabric. I would often forget to read the suggested fabrics for the pattern.

If you are using wovens or knits, knowing your fabric and how to use it is so important. A fabric will not change it’s drape or hand. You might be able to underline something to make it stiffer, but that’s about all you can do.

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