Three Awesome Reasons to Make Your Own Clothes

While watching the movie Devil Wears Prada several years ago, I learned that fashion is art we live our lives in. Impressed by that thought and by some of the outfits worn by Andrea, Anne Hathaway’s character, I started exploring runway fashion. I quickly discovered that I wanted to own every piece in Marc by Marc Jacob’s collection and a Balenciaga hat that season. But, even without looking up the designers’ websites, I knew the price ranges for those clothes would far exceed my budget. That’s the year I began to dream about making my own clothes.

Here are my three biggest reasons for wanting to make my own clothes. Let me know if you feel the same way.

Fit

too long jeans

I went to the store specifically to try on this pair of jeans tonight. Obviously, they weren’t going to work with flats, as the label suggested. I can’t stand it when my jeans drag on the ground or when long sleeves are too short. Every woman has a unique body and deserves clothes made to fit her body. If you take your measurements and make your own patterns, then your clothes will fit you like they were made for you, not for a set of standard measurements.

Fashion

I admire the creativity I see in clothes on the runway, but when I walk into stores with clothes I can afford, I rarely see any I want to wear. I want to create clothes that are similar to the ones I like on the runway because my personal style doesn’t fit most of the clothes that cater to the general public. I want to live a little on the fashion edge. If you’re on a limited budget like me but still want to keep up with the latest fashion trends, you can make clothes for yourself that are similar to the designer clothes you’re drawn to but can’t afford.

Fun

I love opportunities to be creative, so of course I want to design some of my own clothes. I like the challenge of analyzing my personal style and creating designs that reflect my personality. If I find out that I like to design and make clothes, maybe I’ll even get the opportunity to sell some of them. If you also like being creative, you might find that designing clothes is the best way to showcase your personal style.

Are you ready to start making your own clothes? In upcoming blog posts, I’m going to start working my way through Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch. I’ll be sharing about the process of making my own clothes, from taking measurements and drawing patterns to mastering the sewing machine and fitting the garments.

Why don’t you get a copy of the book for yourself and work through it with me!

Jennifer

4 Comments

  1. Jen I love this! I’ve always altered my own closthes to fit my style. I think it’s a great way to make them your own and unique. Dying, adding. cutting are simple ways you can go from average to fabulous and treny! Your blog is amazing keep up the great work my Fashionista Friend!!!!! XO Linda

    • Thanks, Linda! We should get together, and you can show me how you’ve upgraded your clothes. And we should go to a thrift store together and figure out how to alter some of the clothes there. Thanks for your encouragement!

  2. Rarely do two words fill me with dread as much as the following two: sewing machine. Ahhhhh!!!!! I flee in fear, sorry. However, I fully support your efforts to make your own clothes! 🙂

    • And here I thought the words “bar exam” were filling you with dread 😉 Once I learn how to make clothes, you can send me your measurements, and I’ll make something for you!

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