The cheap prom dresses of your dreams can cost a lot more than you are willing to pay. But with the some patience, a small amount of money for basic supplies and a little sewing experience, you can create the dress of your dreams for a fraction of the price. Here is to make a prom dresses.
1、Purchase or make a pattern in your height and size. These can be bought at fabric stores. Every Butterick, Kwik Sew, McCall’s, Simplicity and Vogue pattern comes with sewing instructions that most seamstresses can follow. Not all patterns or sewing instructions are created equal. Butterick, Kwik Sew, McCall’s and Simplicity tend to have the best step-by step instructions in their packages, while Vogue instructions tend to be geared for the experienced seamstress/tailor.
2、Purchase material for your dress. Generally, the sewing itself is not the difficult part of doing a prom dress. The hard part is dealing with the unique characteristics of the special fabrics you are using..
- Pay close attention to the fabric recommendations on the pattern envelope. Some fabrics will work much better than others for a particular project and the pattern envelope will state this for you.
- Take care with your material. Most prom dress materials (satin, lace, silk, velvet) are dry-clean only and have other special care instructions (cool iron only, etc). Some also have the annoying characteristic of being slippery to handle (need a lot of pins), fibers “catch” and pull when sewing (your machine may need a new, sharp, needle), or they fray easily (tape or iron interfacing along all raw edges before assembling the garment). These difficult to manage characteristics are why we like the look and feel of the material, as well as why dresses made from these materials are so expensive and difficult to make!
- Purchase the recommended yardage plus half a yard. Patterns usually allow plenty of yardage, but it’s always nice to have a little extra “just in case” you cut a piece wrong the first time. If you do everything correctly, you can always use the extra fabric to make a matching purse, scarf, or similar item.
3、Purchase all necessary notions such as hooks, eyes, zippers, buttons, lace, hemming lace, Interfacing, etc. in advance. Check the pattern for a list of needed items. The last thing you need in the middle of a major project is yet another trip to the store.
4、Launder your materials according to their care instructions. If using a dry-clean only fabric, you may omit this step (unless it smells odd, in which case, take it to the dry cleaners before you start to cut it).
5、Cut out the pattern pieces that you will need. These come in large sheets of tan tissue, with several pieces printed per sheet. You will need to cut out the ones you will use and put the others away.
6、Sew according to instructions given in the pattern. The pattern companies generally have excellent sewing instructions with illustrations for that specific pattern in the envelope and all you need to do is follow the instructions carefully and to the letter to get a decent result.