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I am a self-taught dressmaker, and have been dressmaking for some time now.  I have learned so much – YouTube, Lorna Knight’s Dressmaking Bible and other books have been invaluable sources of information, but some things can only be learned through experience.  So here’s 4 lessons learned in dressmaking (the hard way).   1. Press, press, press At first I was so excited to get an item finished that I would race through all the steps without pressing anything.  I would start by pinning creased pattern pieces to un-ironed fabric.   Other unpressed bits included seams, darts, facings and sometimes pleats.  Yes, I am ashamed of myself. Unsurprisingly I got shabby results without fail, leaving me disappointed with a dress or skirt that I thought I was going to be in love with.  And it was all my fault.  Not so deep down I knew that avoiding pressing was a bad idea but…

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