You can begin with a basic sewing pattern and add the desired fashion elements when you need to know how to design a dress. This is especially helpful when you are new to sewing. Using a sewing pattern in the size of the lady you are making it for and a classic dress style will provide a base, or foundation, for designing your dress. The pattern will help ensure your dress is the desired size and style, while allowing you the creativity you need to design a unique dress. You can also add design elements through fabric selection, adding or removing pattern pieces such as sleeves and a collar, or by adding decorative sewing notions to the dress.
You will need:
- Dress pattern
- Straight pins
- Tailor's chalk
- Sewing machine
- Sewing notions, such as zipper, buttons, interfacing, and ribbon
- Select the pattern pieces you want to use. Most dress patterns will provide more than one neck-line and sleeve style, making it easy to select your preferred design features.
- Preshrink the fabric by pressing with a heated steam iron. You can run the fabric through the washing machine and dryer f preferred.
- Pin the pattern pieces to the fabric. Position the arrows printed on the dress pattern to follow the fabric's grain line.
- Cut out around the pattern pieces, following size lines.
- Transfer markings on the dress pattern to the fabric using tailor's chalk.
- Sew the pieces of the dress together according to the pattern's directions. Finish raw edges on the dress with either a zigzag or over-lock finishing stitch. Add the sewing notions you selected to use as design elements according to your personal taste.