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I would like to start designing and making my own clothes (jeans, blazers, etc). Where do I even start? Can I buy some book with a bunch of templates and instructions? Then I buy a sewing machine and some fabric... Any ideas?
 

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Paging Mr. Glennie. Mr. Glennie, please report to customer service.
 

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Originally Posted by lookatmystyle
I would like to start designing and making my own clothes (jeans, blazers, etc). Where do I even start? Can I buy some book with a bunch of templates and instructions? Then I buy a sewing machine and some fabric... Any ideas?

first learn to sew. evening classes are available at fabric stores, and high schools.
there you will find out if you can handle a machine. if you can then buy your own machine. dont go for a high tec machine a more simple one will be just fine.
books are ok for refrence but hands on instruction cant be beat.
start with simple things and then alterations.
once you get the feel for construction, then you can start to use your own ideas.
 

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Don't get discouraged either. I have often thought of making my own dress shirts. I'm fascinated by the process, and think I would value the results more, if they came from my hand.

I'd probably even try to eventually figure out a way to include my own personal label of somekind that could be decretely included, maybe my initials monogrammed in the lower quarters that are tucked in.

If I had more free time, I'd likely take a few classes myself. But only for dress shirts for some reason. Maybe it would progress to wanting to make a suit. But there's a reason some people can charge $5,000 for a suit, because it requires a degree of skill and passion and dedication that great in order to produce it. I wouldn't delude myself into thinking that I could make something similar after a few weeks of sewing instruction, or alterations.
 

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