10 more tips for sewing without a pattern

Making your own clothes is a great idea if you want to create an individual look which will be the envy of your friends and neighbours. And it doesn’t take much skill to sew the most basic of clothing, even without buying patterns. All you need is the right equipment, a good eye, a steady hand and a little bit of imagination.

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Here are 10 more tips to help you sew without a pattern:

Cut it out!

Cutting your fabric correctly is a must if you don’t want to waste it. So invest in a good pair of scissors, and make sure you cut neatly and correctly first time, every time.


Fabric can be expensive, so you’ll not want to waste it. Try reusing old pieces of material, for example, curtains and cushion covers, or taking old clothes apart and using them to make something new.

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Be tacky

Using tacking stitches in place of pins when making seams will enable you to try the garment on without danger of being pricked.

Make your own patterns

Just because you’re not buying patterns doesn’t mean you can’t have them. Make your own patterns out of pattern paper, greaseproof paper or even newspaper.

According to Sewing.com, making a muslin mock-up pattern allows you to try your creation out on cheaper fabric first.

Get help with hems

Hems are a particularly tricky part of any garment, so it’s best to get help with them if you want them to be level. Ask a friend to model the garment, or use a tailor’s dummy.

Clip curves

If you’re making a curved seam, making a series of cuts will allow you to make the curve sit flat when it’s turned the right way round.

Use the right fabric

Using the best fabric you can afford – such as the cotton poplin fabric available at http://www.higgsandhiggs.com – means you’ll get a better result all round. Cotton is ideal for a wide range of garments.

Zip it

Don’t be scared of zips. Although they can be tricky, they are achievable!

Finish edges

Always finish off your edges properly, or your hard work will be literally undone the first time it’s washed.

And finally…

Lastly, if what you’re making turns out to be a total disaster, don’t despair – use the fabric to make something different.