How do I learn to sew clothing without ready-made patterns?
December 7, 2013 6:36 AM Subscribe
I'm just beginning to learn to sew, but I'd like to start by drafting from basic instructions, understanding how a 2 dimensional piece of fabric becomes a garment to fit a three dimensional body, being a little bit creative from the very beginning. One reason I don't want to use patterns is because the cost of buying them is prohibitive. But I also just don't feel inspired to go that way. What do you think? Ideas, resources, books? Anything to lead me step by step into the process of drafting and sewing clothing?
posted by miaow to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (18 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
I've been wanting to learn to sew my own clothes for a long time and over the last year I've been getting started — I'm now familiar with my sewing machine, know a few basic hems and seams and other techniques, and have made a couple of simple patternless garments (like a full circle skirt). But I'd like to get into more complex things that would otherwise use patterns.
I've been looking things up ad-hoc on the internet but want to streamline the process a bit now. I also struggle with accuracy and am learning how to measure and draw accurately alongside.