Inevitably, sewing is one of the most fun hobbies.
In addition to providing space to create and hone creativity, sewing can also be used as a source of income that is very promising if seriously pursued.
In the past sewing was dominated by many housewives who spent a lot of time at home.
Over time, the development of technology has made sewing activities increasingly popular with various groups, including young people, of course.
The recent emergence of many easy designers has made the evidence that the sewing world is not only the domination of housewives.
Technology is one of the main causes of the development of this sewing pleasure.
The ease of accessing information, sharing experiences, and the amount of media publications, make it easy for many children to get excited about learning to sew.
But in reality, to become a professional tailor who has extraordinary works is not as easy as turning his palm, let alone learning self-taught sewing.
Sewing skills are skills that require time and patience to be able to produce spectacular works.
This is what makes most beginners in the sewing world become frantic at the beginning of learning to sew.
Learning to sew for beginners by means of this wind will not give maximum results, especially for those of you who learn self-taught sewing.
Because of this, full awareness is needed to eliminate the windiness in learning self-taught sewing.
After you succeed in eliminating the chaotic nature of learning, it is guaranteed that you will get maximum results.
Things you should pay attention to before starting to study.
1. Convince yourself that you really want to learn to sew
Since you learn to sew self-taught then you have to manage everything, from the beginning of learning to advanced.
Therefore, before you start you must really establish yourself to be ready diligently in learning to sew.
Start with intentions within yourself, communicate with people who you think can provide support to you.
Because learning to sew is a skill that requires time and habituation to master it and become an expert in this field.
2. Determine a Consistent Sewing Study Schedule
After you are 100 percent sure to really study the world of sewing, it’s time for you to start making a study schedule that will be your reference in terms of study time.
Since you are learning to sew self-taught, you are the one who determines the study schedule that suits you best.
Adjust your study schedule with other activity schedules to minimize disturbances when you study. This will keep you focused while learning to sew.
As much as possible to make a schedule like someone who is participating in a sewing course, like 2 or three times a week with a duration of 1.5 – 2 hours.
Don’t be too flexible because it will bring you a sense of laziness or chaos to learn. However, too tight a time can also make you stressed out later.
Therefore, it is wise to determine the learning time that is right for you.
3. Design Your Learning Needles
In order for your learning to be more precise and directed you should make the learning curriculum a handle. You can create a curriculum by taking from a number of references that are widely circulating on the internet.
As a self-taught student, you can adjust your learning curriculum to your abilities. That way you can learn to sew more pleasantly without pressure.
Start with the easiest materials, such as, “how to make clothes patterns”. No need to rush in determining the target of learning. Because, your expertise will be felt over time.
4. Create Exciting Conditions When Learning to Sew
Learning is important and good but if it is not accompanied by a good mood all will be chaotic no matter how serious you are.
Therefore, comfortable conditions, a calm atmosphere, and a happy heart are the main keys in learning self-taught sewing.
When you enter the advanced level later, mood conditions will increasingly play an important role in the process of creating your works.
5. Focus, Focus, Focus …!
Even though you have set a schedule and have made a curriculum that you will obey in order to learn to sew. But in practice, there are always things that interfere with your focus in learning.
Not only external factors such as interference from others, but also interference in yourself such as feeling lazy is also one of the factors causing the loss of focus of learning.
So you don’t need to be surprised if this happens. But you must continue to familiarize yourself to stay focused while studying.
One way to stay focused is to sort out what is important and what is not important for you to do.
Those are the five things you need to consider before you start learning self-taught sewing. when you are ready with everything, it’s time for you to start learning to sew.
As an introduction, here are some basic material that you can begin to learn as a first step in learning self-taught sewing.
Learning to Sew – How to Make a Dress Pattern
Here’s how to make clothes patterns that you can make as a reference in starting to learn self-taught sewing.
How to Pattern Clothes for the Upper Body
the pattern for the upper body is a pattern made for the body of the shoulder to the waist. This pattern is also commonly called the front and back body pattern.
How to Pattern Clothes for the Lower Body
The bottom base pattern is a pattern made for the lower body, which is at the waist to the knees or sometimes the pattern is made to the ankles.
For women, this pattern is called the front and back skirt pattern.
How to Make a Shirt Pattern for the Arm
Arm pattern is a pattern made for arms that are measured from the upper arm to the elbow or extended to the wrist.
Upper Body Pattern and Lower Body Pattern
Upper body pattern and lower body pattern are patterns that are used as a basic pattern in making a dress or overalls.
How to do Body Measurement
Body measurement is the next basic thing that needs to be learned after learning how to pattern clothes.
how to take body measurements is quite easy. The model that will be made a benchmark must stand upright.
The goal is to simplify the measurement so that each size taken is right and accurate according to the body size of the model.
The body parts measured include:
Neck Circumference Measurement (LL)
Measurements on the neck circumference are carried out around the lower neck by placing the index finger on the neck or measuring it and then adding 1 cm.
Body circumference measurement (LB)
measurement of body circumference is carried out at the top of the body. Precisely on the chest, by taking the largest body part as a benchmark.
The size of the body circumference obtained from the measurement of the body circumference of the model is then given an additional four cm or equal to four finger segments.
Waist circumference measurement (LP)
as the name suggests, this measurement will calculate how big the waist diameter is.
Pelvic Height Measurement (TPa)
this measurement is done at the bottom of the waist to the pelvic border.
Circle of Rainbow Measurement (LP)
Measurements on the pelvic circumference are carried out around the pelvis by using the largest part of the pelvis as a sequence measure. The size of the pelvic circumference obtained is then added to four cm or the size of the palm.
Measuring Side Length (PS)
Measuring the length of the side of the body is done by inserting a ruler at the bottom of the armpit.
Next, measurements are taken from the bottom of the ruler to the bottom of the waist, then reduced by 2-3 cm.
Face Length (PM)
Measurement of the length on the side of the face is done by measuring starting from the curve of the neck right in the middle to the bottom to reach the lower waist. The measurement results are then reduced by 2-3 cm.
Face Width (LM)
Measuring the width on the front side or the width of the face is measured by taking an initial benchmark of 5cm below the neck curve in the middle. Then do the measurements horizontally starting from the left arm to the right arm’s border.
Chest Height Measurement (TD)
Chest height is measured by taking a benchmark that starts from the waist and then pulled up to reach the top of the breast.
Shoulder Width Measurement (LB)
Shoulder width is measured by placing the initial measuring point in the neck curve or at the highest part of the shoulder and then pulled to the lowest part or at the end of the shoulder.
Test Size (Law)
Test size or control size, measured from the center of the face under the hoisting tire through the chest peak to the top of the arm, continues to drag back to the middle of the rear under the tire.
How to measure the skirt of the face, back and sides is done in the same way.
to make a skirt size can be done by measuring starting from the bottom to the desired length.
Making Lingakar Arm Hole Size (LLL)
Measurement of arm hole circumference is done by measuring directly around the arm which is then given an additional size of 4 cm.
Determining Short Arm Length (PLPd)
Determination of the length of the short arm is done by taking measurements starting from the upper arm or at the top of the arm and then being pulled down to near the elbow. Exactly about 3 cm above the elbow.
Long arm length measurements (PLP) are carried out with measurements starting from the top arm down to reach the wrist.
Long arm circumference (LLP)
Wrist measurements for long arms are the same as for measurements of the upper arm circumference.
the way is to measure the wrist circle and then add 3cm.
Tools and Materials for Making Patterns
The tools needed in learning to sew include:
The meter is used to measure the body as a reference in how to make clothes patterns. Use a meter that uses units of measure inches and centimeters.
• Pattern Book
Pattern books are books that are specifically used to make patterns. This folio-sized book contains stripes to record size and description, alternating and also plain hoses which aim at media drawing patterns made in scale.
Scale is a tool used as a comparison that is used to measure patterns based on images that have been made on a pattern book.
The scale is made of cardboard in the form of a ruler with various sizes of scale, including: 1: 2, 1: 3, 1: 4, 1: 6, and the last one is 1: 8.
There are various types of pencils that are used in how to make clothes patterns. Each color has different functions. Among them:
1. Black pensies are used to describe a pattern line
2. A red pencil is used to draw a finished pattern for the face.
3. Blue pencil is used to make a finished pattern for the back pattern.
There are several types of rulers used in sewing. The diants are a straight ruler, an elbow ruler, a ruler in the shape of the pelvis, arms and neck.
Eraser rubber is used to erase images / patterns if there is an error in the making.
• Cover paper
Cover paper is used to design and place the actual size image pattern that will be transferred to the fabric.
Scissors are used to make or cut patterns that have been made, both small and large patterns.
That’s a brief review as an introduction for those of you who are interested in starting to learn to sew. Hopefully this article can provide a brief overview of things about learning to sew.