We live in very interesting times, where the pace of everyday life forces us to quickly gain knowledge from different fields. Starting your journey with making clothes you need to ask yourself the basic question: why we dress at all?
We have three basic functions which clothes should fulfill – the first is protection form heat loss and, in some regions of the world, reducing heat gain. The second is to enable our bodies to remove carbon dioxide and water vapor. And the third, my favourite, is aesthetic function involving satisfying our psychological needs, because nothing improves our mood more than beautiful, well fitted clothes.
There are many ways to combine these functions – production of new materials, development of new designing and clothes making techniques, but the starting point for tailoring education should be a body shape. Every figure has its own, individual character – you need to learn to recognize its nuances and know how to cleverly handle them. In recent years, the knowledge of body shapes in terms of tailoring is becoming even more necessary, because garment industry begins to move away from mass production towards taking into account the needs of individual customers.
Creating quality garments requires exploring the secrets of materials science. Materials are therefore the next step in expanding your sewing passion. Similar to the figures, materials bring a variety of constraints that we have to consider when sewing clothes, and a huge selection of products available on the market just makes this task harder.
The last step is to choose the right design. Finding the middle ground of these three areas gives us the perfect fit and beautiful-looking clothing.
In conclusion – after analyzing the figure we can choose a design and a type of material we want to use – or the other way around, we pick a model for a fabric that we already have.