1. BEST FIT

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.

  1. BODY PROPORTIONS

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.

  1. BODY SHAPE

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.

  1. DEFINING YOUR OWN FASHION STYLE

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.

  1. STYLING WITH CONFIDENCE

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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