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Girl's Guide to DIY Fashion

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Do you have a bunch of ideas for super-cute clothes but can't find them when you're out shopping? This book will teach you how to make anything you can dream up! Dresses? Yes. Jeggings? Check. Put your own stamp on everything you create by first sketching your designs in the book. You'll learn how to make fashion design mood boards, using things that you love and that inspire you. You'll be designing and sewing purses, headbands, skirts, and tops in no time! Now you won't even need to leave the house to find your favorite outfit!

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Fashion Designing

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FASHION ILLUSTRATION

Another great way to discover your creative style is to do some fashion illustration. Whether you have an entire collection in mind, an outfit you want to make, or just one piece, fashion illustration gives you (and others) a visual representation of what your specific vision is.

Most fashion designers are constantly drawing their designs for their collections. They work from these drawings to consider various fabrics and ultimately to choose fabrics and make the garment.

Some designers draw their designs freehand. Some use croquis.

It provides a well-proportioned fashion figure for you to draw your garments and accessories on. You have your own croquis to color and design! Trace a croquis using lightweight paper or vellum (what the fashion designers use) or make photocopies of the page so you have lots of croquis on hand to use and design.

Patterns of different pieces of clothing and boots are also blank and will help you draw the various fashion silhouettes. Trace over them again and again if you use lightweight paper for your croquis, copy them with a photocopier, or make templates on a heavier paper or cardboard so you can use them over and over.

 

Back to School

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The outfit for the first day seems to always be top of mind. Now that you are learning to sew and craft, you can make your outfit like no one else’s and really stand out. Sound fun?

Let’s make this outfit a reflection of you and your style. Maybe you are inspired by one of the mood boards or fashion illustrations you made. In this section the outfit is all about a playful and chic skirt paired with a cardigan (a sweater that opens in the front) and fun accessories you can make and style.

Let’s do a little designing before we get started.

Here is a sketch of the outfit we will make. Grab some markers or colored pencils, and maybe some fabric swatches too, and color, doodle, and show how you would like your outfit to look. Then we can get to stitching. On the following pages I show you the steps to make it!

WHAT YOU NEED

½ to ¾ yard each of 2 different fabrics*

Knit non-roll elastic, 1˝ wide

Basic sewing supplies

Pattern or kraft paper

 

Fun with Friends

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I bet that for many of you, one of your favorite things to do is spend time with your friends. I bet it doesn’t matter whether it’s during school, after school, or on weekends. Anytime is a good time with your BFF or bestie! Am I right?

Now, what to wear for this good time? Why not design and make an outfit yourself? Now that you are learning to sew and design, you can really create whatever style you like. And when your friends say, “I LOVE that!” and ask, “Where did you get it?” you can proudly say, “I made it!” You could even invite your friends to sew with you. How great is it to come up with ideas together and share them?

In this section, you will make and style a few basic clothing items and accessories. Show off your creative style; it will surely be Fun with Friends.

WHAT YOU NEED

1–1½ yards of knit fabric (Check your size, to figure out how much fabric to buy.)

Knit non-roll elastic, 1˝ wide (See Let’s Prep, Step 4, to figure out how much you need.)

 

Slumber Party

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Show up to your next sleepover with slumber party essentials that you have designed and sewn yourself. Make your PJ’s pop, have sweet dreams with your pretty eye mask, and carry all your stuff in a stylish sleepover bag.

WHAT YOU NEED

1–2½ yards of cotton or flannel fabric (Check your size in How Much Fabric to Buy.)

Knit non-roll elastic, 1˝ wide (See Let’s Prep, Step 4, to figure out how much you need.)

Basic sewing supplies

Safety pin

Iron

Pattern paper

LET’S PREP

See How to Use Patterns for tips.

1 Trace the pajama pant front and back patterns (on pullout) in the correct size onto your pattern paper. Copy any markings from the originals onto your 2 patterns. Cut out the paper patterns.

Hold the pattern pieces up to yourself to check the length.

If you want your pants longer, now is the time to make the patterns longer.

If you want your pants a lot shorter, it’s easier to do that now too!

 

Rockin’ Summer

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Whether you spend your summers at sleepaway camp, on vacation, or home with your family, what you wear is important! In this section you will design and stitch up a ribbon tie dress and some fashionable flip-flops. Mix and match and make it your own. And feel free to add in favorite summer fashions that you already have in your closet.

WHAT YOU NEED

¾–1 yard of fabric at least 54˝ wide, such as lightweight cotton, voile, or knit (See Let’s Prep, to figure out how much.)

1½–2 yards of ribbon or rickrack, ½˝–1˝ wide (See Let’s Prep, to figure out how much.)

Pattern paper

Basic sewing supplies

Safety pin

LET’S PREP

1 Grab your measurements. You may need a friend and a measuring tape to take some new ones for this dress. Fill in the blanks below to get the correct dimensions you will use to make this dress a custom fit.

Example

A My chest is 30˝ ÷ 2 = 15˝, then 15˝ + 9˝ = 24˝.

2 Draw a rectangle that is as wide as A and as long as B on your pattern paper. Cut it out and label it Ribbon Tie Dress.

 

Going to a Party

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Do you love to go to a party? I know I do! Whenever I receive a party invitation, one of the first things I ask is: What am I going to wear? Then, to decide, I ask myself some other questions: What kind of party is it? Is there a theme? What time of year is it? With this information I get excited and start to envision all the possible looks I could put together. Lucky for us, we are all learning how to make our own clothes and accessories so we can design our own party outfit. How fun!

In this section you will make the essential party must-haves: a festive dress, a party purse, shoe clips, and the perfect party hair accessory—a glitter headband. Using your imagination you can style each piece to reflect your personality.

WHAT YOU NEED

1¼–2 yards of light- to medium-weight fabric (Check your size in How Much Fabric to Buy.)

Wool felt: sheets or scraps at least 9˝ × 12˝

½ yard of ribbon, ¼˝–⅝˝ wide

Invisible zipper to match dress fabric, 15˝ long

 

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