3x Reasons to start sewing your own style

3x Reasons to start sewing your own style



You so excited to try on new styles of clothes to add to your style and image, which we all know is an investment to boost your self-confidence. “But, no”! Instead you leave the wonder frustrated with either nothing new or with styles you are not wonder thrilled about but there was nothing else that really suited you better, which you know you are going to regret once you get home having to settle for something that isn’t really you.

Let’s get back to the fitting room as you tried on the clothing items.
1. What was the overall fit of the garments on your body?
2. Did the design suit and fit your body proportions?
3. Did the colours or the prints complement your skin, hair & eyes colour/tones and to mention the rest of your wardrobe to mix n match?

Generally, clothing manufactures make clothing styles for the average proportional size body shape, not taking into consideration that in reality women’s bodies have changed over the last decade or two, with increasing waistlines or hips, due to high levels of stress, hormones in the beef and chicken and the huge impact of chemicals as MFC, MSG, gluten and the high sugary flavour enhancing properties that is in our foods.

Dr Marilyn Glenville, an expert in women’s health, said: “Our waistlines have ballooned – women are fatter around the middle than ever – and our stressful lifestyles are to blame.
“When we are stressed the body releases extra energy in the form of fat and glucose, to prepare us for the “fight or flight” mechanism, but unless you do something physical it is redeposited as fat around the middle of your body.
“The reason fat targets the middle is because it is close to the liver where it can be quickly converted back into energy if needed.”

Reasons to start sewing your own style:

No, wonder you can’t find well fitted clothes in the stores, even for those ladies that do have a well-balanced body shape, are you truly finding styles that suit your personal style?

1. Style of garments do not fit correctly on your entire body, for instance the typical apple body shape, might identify to this, wearing shirts/jackets that are too large over your shoulders when accommodating the fuller tummy area.
2. Lengths of trousers or sleeves are either too short or too long.
3. Seasonal fashion colour trends do not suit or complement everyone’s skin/hair/eyes tones.

The reality is that a lot of women are wearing styles:
1. That do not suit their body shape, with designs that do not enhance their good assets, making them look unpolished and untailored in their appearance.
2. lengths of garments not being in proportion to their body lengths to give that well balanced body proportion.
3. Wearing colours or prints that make them look older, paler or dark rings under their eyes, instead of glowing and being more radiant, which will uplift anyone’s self-confidence levels.




To create the best fit for your clothing that you are designing and constructing would, start with taking correct body measurements which will determine a better fitting garment.


Before you can go ahead and do all your styling it is important to understand your body measurements and identify your body imperfections, for example you might have very long legs and be short waisted, with long arms, and very narrow shoulders, and large bust. Most likely this would mean that standard commercial patterns won’t fit you when cutting just one straight size, chances you would have to alter, lengthen and perhaps cut more than one size in the pattern to get your perfect fit, which will once again give you an incredibly well fitted garment on completion, creating a more stylish fit, and boosting your cutting to size pattern and sewing confidence.


Knowing your body shape will definitely assist in your pattern adjusting and manipulating for that superior final fit as well as understanding which styles suit your body shape best, to enhance all your good assets and to hide those you do not want to emphasis. Google more information whether you are apple shape, hourglass shape, rectangle pear, pear shape, inverted triangle, as well as your body frame, tall petite, broad shoulders, flat chested, etc. Understanding all aspects of your body frame and bone structure gives you more information to research around these body imperfections and to design styles that suit these body shapes, and so on.


Collect fashion magazines, cut out and paste creating your own fashion style vision board with all the styles and details you like, which you can refer back to for ideas and inspiration.

Next, step would be to be honest with yourself, do you like your current style rate this from 1 to 10?

Have you outgrown your style or never really made much effort before?  Perhaps you have pick up or lost weight?

The most inexpensive way to test your  true fashion style would be, to go to your local mall clothing retail stores and try on different styles and colours of items. Take photographs of  you wearing these styles for later reference,  this allowing you time to asses and absorb the styles you thought you would never wear but looked great on you.


Now, you have done your research you can go through your pattern selection or make up a list of which patterns, fabrics and colours you would need. Start a sewing planner for your new style project. Check out my website www.taniasutherland.co.za for my SEWING PLANNER eBook, which has more detailed information elaborating with more detail than these few pointers to guide you along.

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