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Guide to Making Your Own Tailored Suit

If you are thinking of making your own tailored suit, you are out for a difficult undertaking. If you do well to follow all the details of the instructions, then you will be able to succeed in this undertaking. If you want to save on a suit purchase or a tailor made one, do it yourself and get all the savings that you need. Choose the best quality fabric, threads and trims for this suit making project that you are embarking on. It only takes a careful working out of the instructions given on how to make a suit, and you will end up with a truly fine suit that will fit you well, and that you can be proud of since your made it yourself.

Select the best fabric that will be the best for your suit and for its lining. A woven fabric with natural fiber content is a good choice. Inexpensive fabric like polyester do not breathe well and can be uncomfortable during the warm weather. If you choose wool for a suit fabric, then it is a good choice since woolen suits are very durable and the expense is not so dear. A Cashmere suit would be a very expensive, yet a very beautiful suit. For lining you can choose polyester blends but silk lining fabric is better is you want material that breathes well.

The next thing to do is to take your measurements. For men’s suits, patterns are sold by chest size and sleeve length, and for women, it is top and bottom sizes. If you want your measurement to be truly accurate, let someone help you take the measurements.

Next, you need to pin the pattern pieces to the fabrics and the interfacing. The collar or waistband can be stiffened or reinforced using a fabric for interfacing. The notes on the pattern will tell you where to place your pins. The notes on the pattern would indicate fold lines or double pieces of fabric so that you can cut through several layers at once.

Cut the fabric alone the lines of your chosen size. If there are no pattern lines for seam allowances, make sure that you put that allowance when you cut the fabric. Some fabrics easily unravel; use pinking shears for these. It is difficult to cut fabrics that unravel like acetate and satin.

Follow the directions and stitch the fabrics together without inserting the lining. Put on the unfinished suit to check where the fit is not good so that you can make adjustments. If there are areas you cannot see, let an assistant check it. Then insert the lining, following instructions carefully. You will soon be wearing that beautiful tailored suit that you have carefully made yourself.

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