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What are some tips for designing your own outfit?

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To create a unique outfit from scratch, draw a croquis, or sketch model, and use it for the designing process. When sewing the outfit, have all the proper notions on hand, and use embellishments to make the outfit distinctive.

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If designing your outfit from scratch, create a croquis in several natural poses for sketching the outfit. Trace it several times, or even photocopy it for repeated use. Experiment with different patterns and colors in the sketch. Use specialty pens and colored pencils to create high quality sketches that are easy to follow. Stick within a color palette for the design.

Choose appropriate material for the design, but make sure it matches your sewing level. Consider using material unusual for that particular garment, such as children's designs for an adult skirt. Buy all the necessary notions, such as thread and buttons, to coordinate with the chosen fabric.

If using a sketched design, create a pattern for the look. It's possible to purchase pattern drafting software to use on your computer.

If using a pre-drawn pattern, cut out all the necessary pieces ahead of time. Follow the pattern's instructions for going with the grain or the pattern.

Add embellishments to make clothes unique. For example, sew jewelry onto the garment, or embroider parts of the outfit.

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