Have you been thinking about making your own clothes?  It may seem intimidating at first, but once you get going, you’ll likely learn to love it.  There are different places to start, depending on if you have any experience or not.  If you’ve never used a sewing machine, you can work with someone with experience to show you the ropes or use YouTube videos to show you around.  Don’t expect to be perfect, because it takes some practice and most become well versed at using a seam ripper as they need to start again.  Try to have patience with yourself as you start out making your own clothes and use these tips.

Start With Alterations

If starting from scratch seems overwhelming, then start with something that you can alter to make your own.  An excellent place to start looking is at thrift stores or yard sales.  Look for garments that you want to make your own or that need alteration to fit.  It will be an inexpensive way to start if you have no experience sewing, so even if it doesn’t work out and you need to ditch the project, you’re not out too much time or money.

Keep it Simple

As you move from simplified alterations or you want to jump right into making your own garment, keep it simple.  An elastic waist band skirt is a good example of a simple project that most anyone can put together quickly and easily.  Taking on a simple project will help you build confidence to take on something more complicated.  Then you can move to something a little more complex without feeling overwhelmed and unsure.

Mistakes Happen

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes, because this is new to you and you will make mistakes.  Start by using inexpensive fabrics before you move to the more expensive materials because they are often harder to sew.  Practice putting in zippers and making button holes on a piece of castoff fabric before you try it on your almost finished garment.  This way, if it goes epically wrong, you won’t be too upset or out too much.


If you find yourself struggling with one part of a pattern or unable to understand one part of a pattern, don’t be shy about doing research.  There are many handy tutorials on the internet to help you.  Tutorials can help you learn how to make a hem without buckling, put in an invisible zipper, and so much more.  Don’t struggle with your project for too long before you reach out to find the answer to why you’re having a problem.

Go Green

By making your own clothes, you can choose eco-friendly fabrics.  You can get these fabrics from places online, such as Crafting a Green World, or from sites that sell vintage materials or organic material.

Don’t Give Up!

The more you sew, the better you will get.  The more you learn, the more complicated pieces you’ll be able to sew.  Before you know it, you’ll be making your clothes and clothes for other people.  Sewing is not a lost art, and more people want to learn how to make their own clothes so they can choose their fabric, they want unique outfits, have a difficult time finding clothes that fit or to cut the cost of having a wardrobe.

As you learn more about sewing and create your first impressive pieces to wear, you’ll find a great sense of pride in your work.  The experience will also make you aware of how much work goes into the clothes you wear.