After completing my degree last year, I knew there was no way I wanted to come out of the creative process of designing and creating bespoke dresses and garments. So with the help of The Prince’s Trust I started my own business creating bespoke, handmade wedding gowns and accessories; choosing to use my own name for my business it became Daniella Sorrentino Bridalwear.
I love being able to sew and create beautiful dresses for brides and it’s an amazing feeling to see their smile wearing the dress of their dreams when it’s all finished! I would love for other people to become more interested in sewing and creating garments so I thought I would write a few quick tips for anyone who is a beginner with sewing. Hopefully this might encourage more people to learn to sew and love it just as much as I do!
Here are 3 basic tips:
1. Equipment – One of the most important things is that before you start sewing, you have all the correct equipment and are ready to go! The first thing you will need is a good sharp pair of fabric scissors to cut out your pattern. It is essential that they are sharp to make sure they don’t pull the threads in the fabric and change the shape. Also, you will need a PatternMaster® – this helps to make sure the seam allowance is added on evenly around your chosen pattern. You will also need an iron, pins, tape measure, thread and of course your sewing machine.
2. Patterns – For a beginner learning to sew, I would always advise to start from a ready made pattern. For those who don’t know, a pattern is a paper layout of each panel of the garment you want to sew. You can buy these online or from fabric shops – depending on what style you want – and there is usually a picture of what the finished garment or dress will look like on the front. Experienced dressmakers and tailors will create their own patterns from measurements or even cut on the stand but if you are just starting out it will help you get to grips with the basics by using a ready made pattern! Just choose which size you want to create and cut the pattern out.
3. Fabrics – Fabric choice can be key when creating a garment, there are different things you need to consider when choosing a fabric to fit what you are going to create. One of the things to think about is the drape – this means how well the fabric hangs and how soft the fabric moves. For a skirt or dress you made want a softer drape that will make the skirt sit nicely around the body. However if you are creating a shirt you will want less drape and more fitting to the body. You also need to look at colour and pattern and what will suit your design – bear in mind that if you choose a complicated pattern on your fabric it will be harder to match perfectly at the seams too.