Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners

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Looking for a guide to dressmaking for beginners?

Want to make your own clothes but don’t know where to start? We have created this guide to dressmaking for beginners because it is the most common reason people learn to sew, but it isn’t always easy! Often you are desperate to jump in and sew a dress of your dreams, but where do you start? The jump from learning basic stitch techniques on your sewing machine, to understanding how to construct your first garment, can feel huge!

How will this Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners help me?

We are here to help you take those first few steps and build your dressmaking skills with our brand new online sewing class, Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners! This class has been designed to help bridge the gap between the basics of learning to sew and finishing a me-made garment. Every pattern you sew is different and will require different sewing skills. With our Guide To Dressmaking class we will help you gain the knowledge you need to tackle ANY sewing pattern. So as you build your skills and try new more difficult projects, you can revisit the class and get help from us with those tricky bits!

What is covered in Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners?

First, we’ll cover basic stitching and discuss the most common ways to create seams. We’ll give you some great tips for how to get perfect corners, smooth curves and how different shapes fit together – and how to fix any mistakes you might make (which we all do!). Then you’ll learn how to press, grade and finish your seams so that your garment will look as great on the inside as the outside. We’ll discuss fabric types and how you can choose the right fabrics for your projects, taking things like weight and drape into consideration, as well as how to prepare your fabric for sewing. We’ll even help you choose the right type of threads, needles and interfacing.

Sewing patterns can be a bit of a minefield for a beginners, so we’ll give you a crash course on how to understand any sewing pattern and how to correctly use all the information they provide. We’ll help you to consider all your options when it comes to cutting out your pattern and fabric and make sure you understand what all the markings mean.

Next, we’ll move onto construction where we’ll cover all the techniques you might come across in lots of detail. We’ll help you choose the right stitches for each stage, and we’ll give you step by step instructions for creating darts, pleats, gathers and much more. We’ll explain how facings and linings are used in a garment, and give detailed tutorials on our foolproof methods for perfect zips and buttonholes.

Finally we’ll show you our favourite ways to create neat and tidy hems on different types of fabric, and we’ll show you how to give your garment a final tidy up before it’s first outing. In short, we’ve taken all of the parts of garment construction that frighten a beginner and broken them down into easily understandable chunks – showing you, in detail, why and how it’s sewn that way.

Take a fun quiz at the end of each section to test how much you have learned, and follow along with our 50-page Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners Workbook containing lots of handy references and practice exercises.

What do I need to know before buying this Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners?

This course assumes you know the basics of how to use a sewing machine, but if you need a refresher then head to our FREE Learn To Sew Beginners Sewing Course first. We also recommend our Guide to Sewing Patterns class for a more in-depth look at the sewing pattern including help with making adjustments.

So, if you are ready to start learning how to take the amazing ideas in your head and turn them into actual clothes you can wear, let’s get started on your dressmaking journey together…. 

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  • WHICH TOOLS YOU NEED FOR DRESSMAKING
  • HOW TO SEW A STRAIGHT SEAM
  • HOW TO MATCH NOTCHES
  • HOW TO MARK A STITCH LINE
  • WHAT IS A SEAM ALLOWANCE
  • HOW TO PRESS OPEN A SEAM
  • HOW TO PRESS A SEAM TO ONE SIDE
  • HOW TO SEW A ZIG ZAG STITCH
  • HOW TO SEW A STRETCH STITCH
  • HOW TO SEW A TRIPLE STITCH
  • HOW TO SEW AN CORNERS
  • HOW TO CLIP CORNERS
  • HOW TO SEW CURVES
  • HOW TO NOTCH CURVES
  • HOW TO LINE UP PATTERN PIECES OF DIFFERENT SIZES
  • HOW TO LINE UP PATTERN PIECES OF DIFFERENT SHAPES
  • HOW TO SEW INTERSECTING SEAMS
  • HOW TO DEAL WITH PATTERN MISMATCHES
  • HOW TO USE A SEWING PATTERN
  • HOW TO UNPICK YOUR STITCHES
  • HOW TO PRESS YOUR FABRICS
  • HOW TO USE A PRESS CLOTH
  • HOW TO USE A TAILORS HAM & SLEEVE ROLL
  • HOW TO GRADE SEAMS
  • HOW TO USE PINKING SHEARS
  • HOW TO FINISH SEAMS WITH A ZIG ZAG
  • HOW TO SEW AN OVERCAST STITCH
  • ALL ABOUT FACINGS & LININGS
  • HOW TO CHOOSE A ZIP
  • HOW TO SEW A STANDARD ZIP
  • HOW TO SEW AN INVISIBLE ZIP
  • HOW TO USE A ZIPPER FOOT
  • HOW TO SHORTEN A ZIP
  • HOW TO SEW A BUTTONHOLE
  • HOW TO USE A BUTTONHOLE FOOT
  • HOW TO MARK BUTTONHOLES ON YOUR GARMENT
  • HOW TO SEW ON DIFFERENT BUTTON TYPES
  • WHICH FABRICS ARE BEST FOR BEGINNERS
  • WHAT IS FABRIC DRAPE
  • HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FABRIC FOR SEWING
  • WHAT ARE THE BEST NEEDLES TO USE
  • WHAT ARE THE BEST THREADS TO USE
  • WHAT IS INTERFACING
  • HOW TO UNDERSTITCH
  • HOW TO TOPSTITCH
  • HOW TO EDGESTITCH
  • HOW TO BASTE
  • HOW TO STITCH IN THE DITCH
  • HOW TO SEW DARTS
  • HOW TO SEW PLEATS
  • HOW TO SEW GATHERS
  • HOW TO EASE STITCH
  • HOW TO SEW A DOUBLE TURN HEM
  • HOW TO SEW A NARROW HEM
  • HOW TO SEW A CURVED HEM
  • HOW TO SEW A HEM ON KNITS
  • HOW TO FINISH YOUR GARMENT

Click on any lesson marked “SAMPLE LESSON” to preview the study mode…

4 thoughts on “Guide To Dressmaking For Beginners”

  1. Hi Nikki and Rachel, I just did a preliminary run through of your dressmaking class and I want to thank you for such a comprehensive class for dressmaking. Wow! It’s a class I’ve been hoping for and, lo and behold, there it is! Can’t thank you enough.🥰. You nailed it!!

    I do have to mention that I didn’t receive “All About Gathering “…a repeat of “Contour Darts”, the previous module, appears in its place. Not being very technologically-savvy, um, I’m not sure what can be done about that, and I’m wondering if everyone else who bought this class has the same issue.

    I hope it’s an easy fix. Maybe you can just email the “gathering” segment to me. Thanks so much. Nancy Werthessen

    1. Hi Nancy, thank you for your lovely feedback. That is exactly why we made the class, so it has made our weekend to know it is just what you needed! Thank you for letting us know about the video mix-up, I have corrected that now so you should be able to go ahead and watch the correct one now. Thanks again x

      1. Rachel, Thanks so much for your quick response. I just watched the video and I’m glad I asked about it.
        I learned a few things I wouldn’t have wanted to miss. You and Nikki are the best 😁xx

  2. Hi Rachel and Nikki, what can I say! this is the best beginner friendly class I have seen. I have been looking and looking for a long time now for a real beginner friendly class that has real information on how to use and develop the skills needed for sewing. Each module is precise and easy to understand with the modules being very clear and in lay man terms. Also the work book is a gem, as it is something to refer to for sewing exercises with needle types and fabric lists. Love love this course, cannot recommend enough to any new sewer searching- look no more, and also the great thing is The Stitch Sisters are just awesome on their YouTube channel too with lots of tips and great advice and sewing projects. Thanks Rachel & Nikki, you did it… my search has ended and my sewing is now finally beginning. Gina xx

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