Introducing our Essential Guide to Dressmaking

Simply Sewing Essential Guide to Dressmaking

Start sewing today or enjoy a skills-boost to up your game with our brand new coverbook, out now with issue 51 of Simply Sewing magazine!

New to dressmaking or simply want a little refresher? You’re in the right place. We know some techniques can be intimidating if you’re just starting out, which is why we’ve made this handy book (the kind of book we wish we’d had when we started!) just for you.

The Essential Guide to Dressmaking will introduce you to making your own clothes with step-by-step guides, tips and advice for every stage of the process.

Beginners guide to dressmaking

From cutting out your pattern to inserting pockets and zips, we’re with you each step of the way. Keep our guide close to your sewing machine and tick each technique off as you go. We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised how easy it is…

Essential guide to dressmaking

Learn how to measure yourself, fit patterns to your body, understand sewing patterns and all about the basic tools and materials you’ll need.

Once you’ve mastered the basics, we’ll talk you through everything you need to  know about garment construction, from inserting sleeves and adding pockets to zips, seams and hemming.

Start dressmaking today

21 techniques to try

  • Get to know your sewing machine
  • Measuring and fitting
  • Pattern markings
  • Fabric markers
  • Fabric types and uses
  • Preparing your pattern
  • Using interfacing
  • Sewing tricky fabrics
  • Pattern matching
  • Scissors and shears
  • Pressing tips and tools
  • Seam finishes
  • Plain and French seams
  • Zip types and uses
  • Anatomy of a zip
  • Inserting an invisible zip
  • In-seam pockets
  • Patch pockets
  • Set-in sleeves
  • Flat insertion sleeves
  • Hemming

The Essential Guide to Dressmaking is available with issue 51 of Simply Sewing magazine. Order your copy today in our online store. Issue 51 is also available as a digital edition, for Apple phones and tablets, Android phones and tabletsAmazon Kindle, the Barnes & Noble Nook, and to read through Zinio.