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where to start making clothing?

mrcold

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I've been working some on sewing by tailoring my own shirts at home, and I'm interested in perhaps trying to actually make something from scratch.... but I have absolutely NO idea where to start. What kind of garment should i start with? Where do i get decent patterns? (should i even USE a pattern?) Where do I obtain decent fabric?

Lotsa questions... really i just have no clue about this stuff and have no idea where to look or start.
 

Martin Stall

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A shirt is a good way to start getting into it.
Don't worry about patterns too much for now. Make a shirt first, then let's talk about making a good shirt.
 

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I no nothing about this, but my first thought would be to take a shirt and slowly deconstruct it, then lay out the pieces, cut patterns to match, then use the patterns to make a new shirt.
Start there.
 

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Go to www.cutterandtailor.com for instructions for drafting patterns, or buy a book such as one of those by Winifred Aldrich, then get David Page Coffin's book on shirtmaking to learn how to construct a shirt. If you want to move on to tailoring, then the Cutter And Tailor Forum combined with a book on tailoring such as those by Hostek, Cabrera or Whife should contain all the information you need.
 

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