If you’re someone who has a real flair for fashion, then aside from having a subscription to a top-notch fashion magazine and following some really popular fashion blogs, there’s a pretty good chance that you also tend to spend a lot of time shopping as well. The thing is, your love for clothes and your bank account are probably not always on the same page or what you see in the mall or department stores does not truly represent your personal style and taste. This means that you have to find creative ways to fill up your closet. One way you can do that is by making and designing your own clothing.
If you would like a few suggestions on things that you can do that will help you to make and design your own clothes, here are five that can get your creative juices flowing in no time.
Upcycle what you already have. One of the best ways to make and design your own clothing is to upcycle what you already have. If you’re not familiar with the term “upcycle,” basically it means that you take something that you already own and, rather than giving it away, you alter it into something else that you can use. For instance, you can take a pair of pants and change it into either a pair of shorts or a skirt. Or you can take a plain T-shirt and add some art to it. For tips on how to make a skirt out of a pair of pants, go to YouTube and put “how to turn jean pants into a pencil skirt” in the search field. For tips on how to add art to your T-shirt, visit Instructables and put “custom T-shirt painting” in the search field.
Use websites that let you design clothing. On the internet, you can find just about anything. This would include websites where you can design some of your own clothing. Although you will have to pay for this service, when it comes to the art and font that goes on the shirts, hoodies and even sweats, you have the freedom to customize them however you wish. Some websites that offer this feature include Customized Girl, Apliiq and Etsy. If you choose Etsy, simply go to the site and then put “customize” along with the kind of clothing that you wish to customize in the search field.
Take a sewing class. If you want to learn how to make clothes from scratch, it’s best to take a sewing class. That way, you can learn how to cut patterns, pin pieces of clothing together and sew them together too. The best way to find places that offer sewing classes where you live is to go to a search engine like Google, Yahoo or Bing and put “sewing classes” along with your city and state in the search field.
Look for free patterns online. If you asked someone who worked for a screen printing company like Broken Arrow Wear for another tip for how you can design clothing yourself, something that they might tell you is to look for free clothing patterns online. That way, you can get the patterns that you need to make all kinds of articles of clothing without having to pay for them. One website that has a full list is Little House Living. Just go to the site and put “free printable sewing patterns” in the search field.