One of the main advantages of sewing a garment from scratch is the ability to customize every aspect of it, including fit and comfort. If a garment feels good, you will feel better wearing it and the effort it took to make it will be worthwhile. Here are five tips for how to create a high quality garment
Choose the Right Fabric
When choosing a fabric for your garment pay attention to your end use. If you are making a trench coat, choose a fabric that will ward off the rain. If you are making something you will be wearing a lot such as work pants you may want to look for woven fabrics that will hold up to a lot of wear and tear such as twill weaves, canvas and denim. If you are making a special occasion outfit that will only be worn occasionally you don’t need to worry about durability and can focus more on what will hang the way you want in the finished garment.
Choose an Appropriate Lining
A lot of time and effort will go into making this garment so if it requires lining it’s a good idea to invest in the best lining you can afford. It may only be in the inside, but a higher quality lining will wear better and hold up longer. Other considerations when choosing a lining are breathability and washability. You may not want to line that summer cotton dress in a dry-clean only lining.
Interfacing Can Make or Break a Garment
Interfacing is an important part of creating the structure of a garment so if your garment is interfaced there are many things to consider. There are two types interfacing: woven and non-woven. Woven has a fabric base creating by weaving long yarns and non-woven has a bonded fibre base. While the non-woven may be cheaper, it won’t hold up as well over many wears and washes. There is also the consideration of fusible vs. sew-in interfacing. While fusible is easier to apply, non-fusbile may hold up better and will not “bubble” over time.
For more information about interfacing types see our previous article: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/interfacing-101
For more information about how to choose between fusible and sew-in interfacing see our article: http://fabricana.com/blog-item/interfacing-101-part-two
Employ High-End Sewing Techniques
While these techniques will take a bit of time to master, the little extra details you can create on your garment can take it from looking homemade to professionally and high-end. Some of these techniques include basting where you need to baste, trimming and grading seam allowances, understitching facings, and sewing fancy pockets and button holes.
Pay Attention to How You Care for These Garments
If you care for these garments properly they will last and become more comfortable the more you wear them but certain fabrics wash better than others. Fabrics with spandex should avoid being thrown in the dryer as the heat can break down the spandex quickly. Rayon and acetate become weak when wet so it is advised to handwash rayon and dry-clean acetate. Fabrics such as linen and cotton hold up well to washing and drying but cotton prints can fade over time the more they are washed. Silk watermarks easily and wool can easily felt when washed so dry-cleaning these fabrics is suggested.
There is nothing like the sense of pride that comes from a garment that you have lovingly created with your own two hands. From fabric choice, to customized fit and details, the knowledge that you are wearing a one-of-a-kind quality garment will instill a feeling of confidence. When someone asks, ''Where did you get that?'' watch for their reaction when you reply…
''I made it myself.''