How to Sew Your Own Clothes

The Parts That Make Up Clothing

Learn how  to sew the different parts of your clothes and the whole thing will come together without you pulling your hair out or becoming discouraged. Take the time to practice and make samples so the real thing will be easy. Consider creating a folder in your bookmarks as a reference tool or create samples and printouts to create a hard copy reference tool.

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    Trimmed and Pressed Bulky Dart
    Trimmed and Pressed Bulky Dart. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Darts are one of the first part of a garment that you sew. Find basic beginner information here so there will not be a scary chill down your spine when you start to construct a garment.
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    Dart Pattern Markings Samples
    Dart Pattern Markings Samples. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Darts, when made properly, blend into a garment. Learn tips and tricks to sewing darts that shape a garment without standing out on their own.
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    Pattern Markings to Transfer
    Pattern Markings to Transfer. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    In order to obtain accurate results when you are sewing, you need to transfer the pattern markings on to the fabric. Learn how to transfer the pattern markings and you will end up with a garment that is made the way the pattern intends.
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    Interfacing Collection
    A Collection of Interfacings. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com

    Sewing usually includes interfacing in collars, cuffs, lapels and more. Learn about interfacing choices and why it is used, bfor eyou go shopping.

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    What to Do with Fabric that Can't be Pinned

    Pin Cushion Colection
    Collection of Different Types of Pin Cushions. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Not all fabric can be pinned in place while you are sewing. Unsightly pin holes can be avoided while managing un-pin-able fabric. Learn solutions here.
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    Easing VS. Gathering
    Easing VS. Gatering Fabric. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Knowing how to sew a set in sleeve isn't magic. Learn tips and tricks to have professional results when sewing a set in sleeve.
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    Hemming Information

    Different Types of Hems
    Different Types of Hems. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    If we were all the same height and build all clothes off the rack would fit properly.Since we are all different, we usually need to hem clothes. Learn how and find all the information you need here.
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    Sewn Blind Hem Example
    Sewn Blind Hem (sewn in contrasting thread for visibility). Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Many sewing machines have a built in blind hem stitch capability. Learn tricks to using a sewing machine blind stitch to sew hems and you may find yourself using the machine blind stitch on more than just hems.
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    Directional Stitching for the Bodice Areas
    Directional Stitching for the Bodice Areas. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    If your asking where to start or what direction to sew a seam or stay stitching this page has your answers.
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    Bound Buttonhole
    Sew a Bound Buttonhole. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Full directions that show how to sew a bound buttonhole in a step by step format.
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    Transfering Dot Pattern Markings
    Transfer Pattern Dot Markings to Fabric. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Here's a quick tip to mark or transfer dots found on sewing patterns to your fabric.
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    Using a Seam Ripper
    Using a Seam Ripper to remove Stitches. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Almost ever homemade garment requires you to rip out stitches somehwere in the construction, even if it's just to remove basting stitches. Learn how to properly rip out or remove sewing stitches and then resew or repair a seam here.
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    Preserve Sewing Pattern Pieces
    Preserve Sewing Pattern Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Learn how to preserve your favorite sewing pattern so you can use it over and over again for years to come.
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    Alterations, Design and Accuracy

    Accurate Seam Allowance
    Setting an Accurate Seam Allowance. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Have you had a garment turn out completely different form the pattern envelope measurements? Learn some of the ways these problems can happen.
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    Sewing Pattern Pieces
    Assembled Sewing Pattern Pieces. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    If you've ever had to buy a second pattern because of missing pieces you know the problem, now read this for a simple solution.
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    Flat Buttons
    Sewing Flat Buttons. Sew News, Licensed to About.com
    Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a flat button.
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    Shank Button and Flat Button
    Flat Button and Shank Button. SewNews, Licensed to About.com
    Simple to follow text directions to learn how to sew on a shank button.
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    lightweight Interfacing
    Lightweight Interfacing Samples. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    What kind of interfacing to use on see-through and lightweight fabrics is a common question. Find answers here.
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    Pocket Placement and Reenforcement Details Diagrams
    Pocket Placement and Reenforcement Details. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    Learn tips and tricks so that your pockets are as perfect as the rest of your garment. No need to detest sewing pockets if you know what you are doing.
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    Interfacing Collection
    A Collection of Interfacings. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed toAbout.com
    Pointers on choosing what type and weight of interfacing to use when you are sewing a garment. Learn your choices here.
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    Joann fabric and Crafts
    Free Clothing Patterns on Joann's Fabric and Crafts. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Joann Fabric and Crafts offers these free directions for many projects. Browse the selection and the instructions for those that appeal to you. Many of these require a purchased pattern but many are totally free patterns.