Do It Yourself Fashion—How to Be Your Own Dressmaker

Have you ever seen an outfit in a magazine or on TV and thought “wow – that looks great, I wish I could have something like that?” Well, the good news is that dressmaking, i.e. making your own clothes, is really not as difficult as it might seem at first. Of course, you won’t want to try a full-length bridal gown, or tailored two-piece suit for your first effort, but even complete novices can make a simple skirt, top or shift dress that looks great and is completely unique.

If you are tempted by the idea of being your own dressmaker, you will be able to find everything you need at Spotlight. With a wealth of fabrics, sewing equipment, patterns, trims, haberdashery and all other sewing essentials, you can find everything you need to make beautiful outfits, and all in one convenient place.

 

Get Inspired

Once you have decided you want to make an outfit, your first action should be to find a pattern. You don’t absolutely need a sewing pattern to start dressmaking, but it is the safest way to start your dressmaking efforts, and it will give you some knowledge of how clothing is put together. The best way to do this is to buy a pattern or two and start sewing something. At Spotlight, the large range of sewing patterns includes several that are marked easy, which means they are not made up of too many pieces and will be suitable for beginners. If you are not confident enough to tackle dressmaking straightaway, you could always start with an easier item such as a stylish tote bag.

 

Get Started Dressmaking

If you are new to dressmaking, you will need to look at buying some equipment that will help you when creating your designs.

  • Sewing machine – There are many sewing machines on the market today, and some of them do very complicated things such as embroidery, overlocking, blind hemming, and more. To start with, keep your machine simple – you can always upgrade later to a fancy model. The Brother GS2510 has 25 different stitching styles and is easy to operate and maintain.
  • Scissors – No dressmaker should be without a pair of good quality, sharp scissors, such as the Fiskars Dressmakers Scissors or similar. Scissors are not cheap but this is one area where you cannot compromise on quality – buy the best you can afford. To make sure you keep your scissors sharp, make sure they are not used for other projects such as paper cutting, as this tends to blunt them.
  • Haberdashery – This term covers all your sewing essentials such as measuring tapes, pins, thread, zips, buttons or other fastenings and much more. Check your pattern, it will have a list of the items needed for your dressmaking project. If you are starting out, take a look at some of the sewing kits available at Spotlight, which will get you all the basics in one handy pack.
  • Iron and ironing board – Last but not least, make sure your iron and ironing board are close at hand, as you may need to iron certain parts of your dressmaking project before sewing it onto something else.

 

Get Creative

This is where the fun really starts. Choosing your fabric. Browse through the many pages of fabrics at Spotlight to get inspired by the beautiful colors, designs and textures that they offer. You may already have a fabric in mind, or you may be guided by your pattern, which will recommend a certain type of fabric. Beginning dressmakers should keep in mind that thin, silky materials can be tricky to control when you have little practice, so start with something like cotton, which is not quite as slippery. Thick, bulky fabrics, gauze, and net can also be difficult to handle when you are a novice.

Your pattern will tell you how much fabric is needed for your chosen creation. Most dressmaking fabrics are between 120 and 140 cm wide, but materials do vary. Patterns will indicate with an arrow in which direction you should place a certain pattern piece, this may be because of the design of the fabric (for instance if you have striped fabric) or the sheen (fabrics such as velvet and silk can look quite different depending on how the light strikes them) or even the stretch in the fabric.

Of course, since you are making your own dress or outfit, you can be as individual or creative as you like. Fancy a contrasting color zip? Some outrageous buttons? Or ostrich feathers? It is all possible.

For everything from neat bias binding to elegant and colorful tassels, check out the great range of trims at Spotlight.

So, whether you want to make your own clothes, clothes for your kids, or even projects for around the home such as quilts, toys, decorative items or curtains, blinds and bedding, Spotlight will have everything you need for your dressmaking, sewing or craft project.

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5 Reasons to Use MINTED For Your Birth Announcements and Christening Invitations

I am so impressed with minted.  They offer the cutest designs for birth announcements and christening invitations.  I wasn’t sure what we were going to do about inviting everyone to our son’s blessing and they quickly took care of that problem!  Isn’t the design so darling?

I love minted for 5 reasons:

1. The Quality

The paper is so thick and luxe.  I have been able to write notes and thank you’s on the back of our birth announcements with absolutely no worries about pen bleeding through or smearing.  I love the texture and sturdiness of the envelopes too!  I’m a sucker for beautiful printing and they know just what I like!

2. Cute Designs

I am very picky when it comes to design and usually insist on laying everything out myself.  Their designs are simple, fresh and so cute.  I was able to quickly find a design that worked with my picture AND a matching design for the blessing invite.  I just love everything they have!

Beyond birth announcements and christening invites they have the cutest birthday invites, holiday cards and even stationary for you kiddos!  It’s all so fun!

3. Find it Fast

This made choosing an announcement design super easy!  After setting up an account and uploading a few pictures I was able to preview all of the baby announcement designs at the same time with my picture!  It helped me narrow down my search quickly and I loved seeing all of the different options with my own image!

4. Easy to Use

Minted makes it easy to personalize their designs.  I was able to choose colors, personalize wording, choose a shape-and it was so easy.  Their website is straightforward and simple to understand, and you can have all of your designs proofread before printing to be sure it’s all perfect.

 

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5.  Recipient Addressing

It’s just so pretty.  And ridiculously convenient.  I uploaded my address list, typed in a few additional people and ta-da!  All of my addressing is done!  This is brilliant too because when I need to do Christmas cards all of my addresses are already saved and ready to go!  I also love the skinny wraps for return addresses-isn’t that a fun touch of color that wraps around the back?

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Mother’s Day Printable Wall Art

Home is Wherever Mom Is. Printable Wall Art by LivingLocurto.com

Mother’s Day is this weekend and I’ll be visiting my mom, grandma and aunt in Oklahoma to celebrate! We don’t have many men in our lives anymore, but we are jam packed with women on both sides of the family.

There are not many days that moms get recognized, so we might as well make a big deal out of Mother’s Day right?

Home is Wherever Mom Is. Printable Wall Art by LivingLocurto.com

To thank all of you moms out there who are Exclusive Living Locurto members, I designed some Printable Wall art.

This is to give you a little something fun to wrap up for the special moms in your life. Give this 8×10 print as a gift for Mother’s Day or print and hang it for yourself!

Home is Wherever Mom Is. Printable Wall Art by LivingLocurto.com

I hope you enjoy the Printable Wall art and thanks for being a part of our fun club as a Living Locurto Exclusive Member!

Mother’s Day Printable Wall Art (members only)

Not a member yet? Become an Exclusive Member of Living Locurto for more than the usual printable designs.  Click the image below to learn more and join the fun.

Exclusive Party Printable Designs and more from Amy at LivingLocurto.com!

 

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