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How to Sew a Dress that Flatters your Body

Learning how to sew a dress that flatters your body is a good skill to have. Knowing how to make basic garments, like a dress, pants and a blouse are good skills to have because you can always build off those to make other projects that are more difficult. You should have a pattern for a dress that fits just the way you want. You can then use this pattern to create other dresses that fit just as good.

Where to Start

To design your basic dress pattern you will need to take some measurements. It can help to have someone help you out because you will be able to get the best measurements this way. You want to measure the following areas:
- your bust
- your bust line
- your waist
- your hips

Once you have these measurements you can go in search of a pattern to use as the basis for your pattern. You want to find a pattern for a simple dress. It should have no sleeves or embellishments. Try to go with something that is straight without pleats or gathers of any kind.

When you find a simple dress pattern you can then use your measurements to tailor the pattern to your body. Adjust as needed to get the pattern to your exact measurements. Do not forget the seam allowances, though. You may also want to just fold and pin the pattern instead of making cuts until you are sure you have the fit right.

Moving on from There

Once you have your pattern tailored you can make a sample garment to check it out. Using a cheap muslin you can make the dress as you would with any other fabric. Once it is complete you should try it on and make sure it fits well. You want to make sure that it fits the exact way you want it to. Make any necessary adjustments to the pattern to get the fit you want.

Now you can use this pattern as your basic dress pattern and every time you sew a dress using it you will know the fit will be perfect. You can make adjustments for embellishments and even change the style of the dress without losing the perfect fit. Now you know how to sew a dress that flatters your body and you will never again be disappointed when you make your own dress.

Tip #1

If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.

Tip #2

Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.

Tip #3

Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!

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