Have you considered garment sewing but need help figuring out where to start because patterns are for highly structured or super-fitted garments that you will never wear or are poorly written, making it frustrating?
I want to tell you about the joys of body-positive and comfortable garment sewing. As someone who has struggled with body image issues for years, I know how important it is to feel confident and comfortable in what you wear. And, as a seasoned Sewist, I've discovered that sewing with Inde(pendant) pattern garments has been a game-changer in achieving that goal.
Soft Vinyl skirt self drafted experiment that is not perfect.
Here are five points that I want to share with you about how you can also experience the joys of comfortable and body-positive garment sewing:
- Indy patterns, or independent sewing patterns, are typically created by small businesses or individuals passionate about sewing. These patterns are often more unique and on-trend than commercial patterns, and they also tend to offer more inclusive sizing options. When you use an Indy pattern, you can feel confident that the design was created with love and attention to detail and will fit and flatter your body.
2. Fabric choices that are comfortable to wear. When it comes to sewing garments you'll want to wear, fabric choice is key. I love working with quilter's cotton, rayon, and linen because they are breathable, comfortable, and easy to work with. Quilter's cotton is an excellent choice for beginners because it's easy to sew and comes in a wide range of fun prints. Rayon might be bit more challenging at first, but it drapes beautifully and feels amazing against your skin. And linen is perfect for summer garments because it's lightweight and breathable.
I've used wideback quilting cotton many times with great results! Here's my Sauvie dress in a Ruby Star wideback.
Trillium Dress pattern in quilting cotton.Linden Sweatshirt
3. Choosing patterns that can be made that are not too tight or make you feel bad about your body. When selecting a pattern, choosing one you feel confident in is essential. Look for designs that flatter your body shape and can wear comfortably. A garment pattern that is too tight or makes you feel self-conscious will likely end up in the back of your closet. Sewing should be a fun and rewarding experience, so save your time on patterns that don't make you feel good.
Photo: Cleo Skirt
4. Choosing patterns that are easy to sew on a home machine not requiring a serger for finishing. Sewing your own garments doesn't have to be complicated. In fact, most of my favorite patterns can be sewn on your home machine without needing a serger or other specialized equipment. Look for patterns that have clear instructions and don't require too many complicated techniques. That way, you can focus on the joy of creating something beautiful and comfortable to wear.
5. Indy pattern companies are small businesses that take extra time to create a pattern you can follow and wear repeatedly. Finally, I can't stress the importance of supporting small businesses in the sewing industry. Indy pattern companies are often run by individuals or small teams who put their heart and soul into creating beautiful and functional designs. By purchasing their patterns, you are not only supporting their business, but you're also investing in a sewing pattern that you can use time and time again to create garments you love!
Comfortable and body-positive garment sewing can be a truly transformative experience. Choosing suitable fabrics, patterns, and techniques allows you to create garments that make you feel confident, comfortable, and beautiful. And, by supporting small businesses in the sewing industry, you can help to build a more inclusive and sustainable community of sewists.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your fabric, pattern, and sewing machine, and let's get sewing!
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Ethel Pant in Quilting Cotton