Learning to sew our own clothes was something that we’ve always wanted to do, so we were so excited and happy to learn that our school (USC) just recently started offering a costume design & construction course. While the title is “Costume Construction,” we basically learned how to sew in general: how to design our own clothing, how to draft our own patterns, and how to sew by hand and with a sewing machine!
Our final project was to design our own dresses and to make them from scratch–no pre-made patterns! Here are our final results!
While we did make the dress ourselves, we definitely had lots of help and guidance from our teacher. She was very sweet and patient with us! We definitely made many, many mistakes…but in the end, it all worked out! Hooray! We purchased the fabric from the fashion district, from a store called Michael Levine! While their fabric are typically a lot more expensive than the surrounding stores, Michael Levine is much bigger selection and is better organized. Our fabrics were from the clearance isle, so they ended up being about $3/yard–which is a very good deal! At the smaller surrounding stores, you can haggle, but you aren’t always sure about the quality and authenticity, but as long as you can tell the difference–and can haggle–you’ll be fine.
This dress took us about 2 months to make–including designing, pattern-making, and sewing. I’m sure a professional could have made this in a day, but as beginners, we are quite happy with our work! We hope to make more dresses this summer! Sewing is so hard, but practice makes perfect~