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Creating garments is an extremely labor intensive process. I didn’t realize this until I took my first sewing class where I set out to make a dress from an existing pattern. I chose a Vogue pattern that was not too basic, but was still labeled as “Beginner.” I should be able to complete this pattern in one 10 week course, I thought. You can see my post from a few years ago that shows the pattern I was working on.
During the sewing class, I first made the entire pattern out of muslin, a cheap practice fabric, so that we could properly size the garment to our body before sewing it with the real fabric. I had selected a really nice expensive fabric on a trip to New York and was looking forward to wearing my first custom tailored dress. Making the dress out of muslin required twice the work, but that’s what it would take to make it fit properly.
For hours every Saturday, I worked diligently on the dress, eager to complete it. 10 weeks later, I was shocked to find out how long it actually took to sew one dress. The dress also had lining, which required additional work. I had one dress made out of muslin completed and a partially finished dress in the actual fabric. Unfortunately, that unfinished garment is still sitting somewhere in a bag next to my sewing machine calling my name. One of these days I will finish it. (Pregnancy and postpartum postponed the project since I knew I wouldn’t be able to wear it anyways.)
Through that experience and through the many garments I attempted to complete during fashion design school, I’ve learned that making a garment is a LOT more labor intensive than I ever imagined. There is so much manual work that goes into making a garment. Read more →