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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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If you have never sewn before, or if it has been a long time since you last threaded up your needle, the thought of starting a new project can be a little intimidating.  But fear not! Just like many other creative activities, success is largely down to good preparation.  Therefore, I have put together a checklist of 5 preparation tips for sewing to run through before you start, which should help you feel more confident about sitting down to your new project (or perhaps to finish an old one). Here we go… 1. PREPARE A PLAN OF ACTION This, for me, is the most important part. Have in mind exactly what you want to accomplish before you start.  I find it helpful to draw everything out, and colour in if necessary.  Using squared paper is a great idea, as you can incorporate your measurements into your drawings.  Check your measurements…

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