Have you ever though how expensive child clothes are? If you happen to have a passion for crafting clothes yourself, why not trying to make some pieces of clothing for your little one too? It shouldn’t be hard, keeping in mind the size of materials involved in such work. There are various fabrics you can choose from and inspiration will come within once you see the colourful patterns and designs of the kid’s category. You can take into consideration clothes you have already bought and use them as an example for what you’re about to make, so you’ll be sure they fit properly. Here are some tips that may help you craft little clothes for you little one easily:
Choosing the right tools
Depending on what machine you own or what needles you usually work with, the seams will look differently. You need to choose tools that you are familiar with, that suit your needs and fit your hands. If you feel comfortable doing a seam with the help of a sewing machine, especially for small clothing pieces, try looking for small sized ones that allow you to move the fabrics in an efficient manner. Once you are set regarding what you’ll use, inform yourself about other important details.
The fabric type matches the fabric weight and therefore the size is resulted. Since you are going for baby clothes, the most recommended fabric types would be fine silk, chiffon, organza, voile or fine lace but you can also go for cotton voile, silk, synthetics, spandex or lycra, depending on the purpose of the items you are crafting. Materials such as velvet, fine corduroy, linen, muslin or jersey are a bit heavier and more appropriate for thick clothes used in the winter. Heavy weight fabrics are harder to manoeuvre because of their texture: denim, leather, upholstery, fur and such.
All about threads
Different types of thread can be used in different situations. For example, cotton is used when sewing natural fibres like linen or wool, being heat durable and great for basting and finishing. When working with synthetic fibres, strike for nylon or rayon which also gives a nice finishing touch because of its transparent aspect. Polyester thread works with acetate or rayon, being non heat-resistant but really strong while elastic thread can be used for ruching, although it may be quite tricky to work with. Silk is mainly used when sewing with silk itself and it can be good if you are willing to add lots of detailing and embroidery to your items though is very fine and difficult to work with. You can use metallic thread for embellishments too, keeping in mind shiny catches attention and your child will love them. If you are planning to work with heavy materials, try wool thread, since is the most adequate in order to stitch up chunky embroidery or upholstery.
If you are using specific techniques they can affect the way the clothes will actually fit. Assuming that you wish for the final product to be as close as possible to perfection, accuracy is the key. Avoiding recurring mistakes while sewing is represented by focusing your attention on details such as: sizing the material properly, overlapping fabric before attaching one to another and so on. Always recheck twice, because once you made a mistake and continued sewing means you’ll have to unstitch and redo all your work. If that’s the case, ripping would be the best option, even if it sounds a bit brutal. Nothing will happen to the fabric if you are ripping correctly. Another detail that can affect fit is smoothing out the tail chain where the seam ended to you can find the needle thread. Pulling on it will make the loops fall of. The fabric you are choosing will affect the final result too. Different fabrics fit differently depending on the room they take on the body or if they are revealing lumps or bumps. Try searching for materials that drape softly.
There is a specific order when sewing garments and you can follow it for the best results:
- Pleats and tucks
- Style lines
- Interfacing and pockets
- Sleeves, cuffs, collars
This being said, all you have to do is start working and wait for the results. You will save a lot of money and also have a lot of fun while doing something productive. It might become a passion and everyone will have something to gain.