Start Your Dressmaking Journey

We understand and remember all too well, that it can be a daunting prospect starting that first dressmaking project. It can be difficult to know where and how to start and the terminology can make it seem like a foreign world.

Working with our in-house beginner :) we’ve gone back-to-basics, breaking down the journey into five key steps, and translating some key terms in a glossary, that will help you get sewing and simply sew your style!

We’ll continue to add products and services to further aid your journey and we welcome any and all comments at Get in touch, share your own journey experiences and let us know what else we can include that will help you and fellow sewists.

Step 1 - Get Set-Up

Take advantage of our free ‘how-to’ online tutorials. These range from ‘How to Thread Your Machine’ to ‘Sew Alongs’, descriptive tutorials that walk you through from start to completion of the garment. We also offer two exciting in-person beginner workshops that are held in Twickenham, Greater London. More workshop topics to be introduced soon!

Step 2 - Choose Your Desired Garment

Browse our range of dressmaking patterns. Whether it's to make something for yourself or a child we’re certain you’ll find something to inspire you. These have been specifically chosen to suit all skill levels, including absolute beginners. Be sure to note the skill level, and where possible we’ve also included the different sewing techniques that will be required. It is important to note the fabric guidance as this will also affect skill level suitability.

Step 3 - Select Your Fabric

Your chosen pattern will tell you what fabric type will be suitable. Not every pattern will work with every fabric, and the ease of working with different fabric types will vary. For an absolute beginner we recommend starting with cotton. Also be sure to take note of the fabric design and its direction. A non-directional print or design will be much easier to work with when it comes to cutting out your garment from the fabric, and matching the different pieces. For example, you wouldn’t want to end up with a pair of trousers that had the fabric pattern running in different directions on the legs. If you’re uncertain which fabric you would like, why not request some samples using our swatch service offered at fabric point of purchase.

Step 4 - Pick Your Essentials

You will need some essential items beyond the sewing machine. Thread, pins, dressmaking scissors, tailor's chalk and seam ripper are just a few! Take the time to search our haberdashery store to ensure you have all you need. You should also check your pattern for the additional materials and supplies required to make your chosen garment such as zips and buttons etc. If we do not stock all that is needed, make a note of the missing items and take a trip to your local Haberdashery store. If you’re a beginner, making a particularly complex garment, or working with special fabric such as silk, we recommend making a toile (test garment) with calico first.

Step 5 - Get Sewing and Have Fun!

Most important of all is enjoy the journey and don't be scared to experiment with a favourite pattern, applying your own modifications and having fun with new styles and colours.

And why not celebrate with a gift to yourself from our range of cute sewing accessories :).

We’d love to see your makes. Tag us on Instagram @sewalicious_x.  You can see our personal makes at the Sewalicious VLOG.