Nowadays the Internet is filled with so much resources that you can learn almost anything from it. Here’s how I managed to sew my own blouse just by watching a couple of online sewing tutorials! Introducing www.Craftsy.com, an online resource for crafters! They have video lessons for all things crafty such as knitting, sewing, crocheting, quilting, and even cooking and baking!
So one day, I was surfing Facebook and saw that Craftsy was having FREE lessons for new members, and I immediately browsed the available lessons and chose to enrol in Christine Haynes’ ‘How to Make a Sassy Librarian Blouse’. The main reason why was because the pattern was from size 0 to size 18. I don’t have any training on how to adjust clothes patterns, so the size 0 pattern is right for my body. I’ve always wanted to make my own clothes but never really got the chance to learn from someone, so I thought this is perfect!
Learning from Craftsy was surprisingly a breeze. All the materials are provided, including printable patterns and a forum where students ask questions and are answered by Christine herself. The instructional video is also very clear and shows you step by step on how to create your own blouse!
I downloaded the pattern and pieced them together. Cut them out according to the size 0 line.
After doing that would be cutting the fabric up into the pattern pieces. I learned alot from Christine, from how to place the pattern pieces along the fabric (we have to look out for grain lines), to learning how to transfer the markings from the pattern to the fabric itself.
Sewing the pin tucks on the front of the blouse. They look like pleats.
My very first garment is taking shape after sewing bust darts, shaping darts and tucks! Haha Every step was taught in the video so it was relatively easy.
Sewing the shoulder seams together.
The backing goes under the neckline and button flaps so the fabric edges are not left raw.
So now the neckline and button area looks more finished.
Sewing on the sleeve band, which is actually a strip of fabric cut on the bias.
It’s really exciting to see the blouse take shape after adding the various parts bit by bit.
Sewed up the side seams. :)
Finished by sewing the bottom seam, adding ribbon and medium sized gold buttons! :D The very first handmade blouse by yours truly.
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Till now, I still can’t believe I made this blouse. It all started from buying my first sewing machine, picking up sewing skills everywhere from the net, and then now, I made my first clothing. :) How far I have come from being a girl who had no idea what she loved with no hobbies! I can’t wait for the day when I can easily transform a piece of fabric to any type of garment I want. Imagine dresses, skirts, shorts, tops…. How exciting!
I guess this desire to make my own clothing stems from not having the money to buy all the pretty dresses when I was growing up. Haha Even now, I’ve become a super thrifty person and don’t bear to spend money frivolously (thanks to Hammy, who keeps his eyes on me and holds my hand tighter when we walk past shops to prevent me from going in hahaha). But, I mean, a girl has to get her clothes somewhere somehow, so I’ve always always wanted to make my own!
First DIY blouse – checked!