Tips When Choosing Equipment and Materials for Dressmaking
If you are trying out dressmaking or if you are already proficient in making outfits, you
should know that choosing and using functional and good equipment and materials is important. You should not settle
to use substandard machines and materials because you certainly do not want to make a substandard dress. Good
choice can also make you enjoy the activity and avoid any unnecessary hassle.
You basically cannot make any dress on your own without using important and necessary tools. To help you get off
the real mark, you have to invest in buying high-quality pieces of equipment and materials you need for doing the
activity. To give you more ideas about choosing the right tools and materials for making a dress, here are several
• Choose a good sewing machine. Modern sewing machines commercially available can facilitate sewing of intricate
patterns into materials. In the past, sewing machines were only able to facilitate sewing hems and seams. More
interestingly, despite modern features of the modern-day sewing machine, the equipment has also gotten more
affordable. You could stick with the tried and tested brands.
• The tape measure is important because it is used to take body measurements. You can use plastic or paper tape
measures. For more accuracy and reliability, there are linen tape measures available. Not only are tape measures
used in taking waist, bust, and hip measurements. You can also use them when measuring alterations to your sewn
dresses in the future.
• Invest in dressmakers’ shears. Scissors can definitely make the job done, but if you intend to cut leather,
denim, or other harder materials, you need to buy scissors with serrated edges---shears. Put the shears into their
plastic sheaths after use to maintain the sharpness and good quality. Do not use your sewing scissors and shears
for other purposes other than cutting fabrics when making dresses.
• Buy tailors’ chalk. When cutting fabrics to the shape of patterns, use tailors’ chalk instead of pens. Such
markers are ideal for marking course materials and fabrics like suede, denim, and leather. Tailors’ chalk can also
be easily removed after the dress is done.
• Use paper scissors when making paper patterns. As mentioned, do not use shears and scissors designated for
cutting fabrics in cutting paper, plastic, or other materials. As an added tip, you should put together your sewing
tools in a kit or box so that nothing will be misplaced.
• Invest in different colors and types of threads. Dressmaking can never be possible without threads. These are
the materials that will put fabrics together. It is wise to buy different types of threads in different colors
available. Use threads with colors that match the color of the fabrics to be used. Ordinary sewing threads are not
ideal to be used for sewing leather, denims, and other hard materials.
• Pencils and rulers should not be forgotten. Tailors’ chalk can assume the job. But in most cases, pencils and
rulers are still useful, especially when doing garment repair or alteration jobs. Pencils and rulers are not
actually necessities for dressmaking, but you will surely not regret including them in your kit.
In the future, when you are already too familiar and skilled in dressmaking, you surely can proceed to doing the
job without the use of these two trustworthy old friends.