If you know how to sew, you have an added advantage over someone who doesn't. You are not going to be limited to what you see online or in the clothes shop: you could see a fabric that catches your attention, buy it and decide to sew something special you want. It could even be that you buy the fabric to sew that dress you saw online that didn't come in your size.
There is nobody that can confidently say they do not wear sewn outfits. Whether you purchase them online, or in a shop or you got your tailor to make one for you...all clothing items are usually sewn. Well, unless it is maybe like a sari that is usually draped but you would still want to wear some sewn garments underneath it.
Pattern making and sewing are fast becoming very popular in Nigeria. Many undergraduates, graduates, homemakers and even both the working class and unemployed are gradually taking courses in them.
Some learn for leisure purposes or to start a business, you can start learning pattern making and sewing for whatever reason at any age. Maybe you are the type that your tailor has disappointed on several occasions and want to start making your own dress pieces for that special occasion, then learning how to sew and make your patterns would probably be a good idea if you have the time.
Perhaps you too have decided to dust off your sewing machine and put it to good use. You can check for sewing courses and pattern making tutorials on Superprof.
Maybe you feel inspired by the gorgeous fabric you found while shopping in the market that would look stunning as a Bubu maxi dress or kimono. Or maybe you could make the most of it by making your first off-shoulder dress.
The incision of what to make with that lovely fabric you stumbled upon and purchased? Well, the answer to that is to get a pattern. It either you have the knowledge to make one from the scratch for perhaps if you have settled to make an off-shoulder dress with it or you just buy one.
In this article, we at Superprof will give you insight on how to find the best places to buy dressmaking patterns and patterns for other items you might consider sewing.
Sewing Patterns From Fashion Houses
There are many fashion houses and schools in almost all Nigerian states if not all 36 states in Nigeria and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. Fashion houses or schools that use sewing patterns would naturally have a whole line of sewing supplies, including patterns.
Since they use patterns and teach patterns, it is a good place to start your hunt for your next sewing project. If they teach or sew men's, women and children's wears at people's request or sell ready to wear, then you can be sure to get a good deal from them. They most like have teachers who teach or pattern makers who draft from scratch.
If money is involved you can rest assured they will be able to sell or draft any pattern of your choice.
To make your selection, you may simply look through their catalogues for a style that suits you and they will go get it for you or draft one if it isn't available in your size. You just describe the dress or shirt or blouse or jumpsuit pattern you want.
They could decide to sell one of their ready to wear patterns or sell a students pattern to you especially if your desired style and size is readily available. Who wouldn't want to make some extra cash for something they do regularly?
However, If you cannot get a fashion school or house to purchase some sewing patterns, then you can contact a pattern maker to make one for you at a cost. The truth is that most people do not really buy patterns in Nigeria, they actually prefer to take pattern making classes to learn how to draft their own bodice, dress, trouser, sleeve, jacket and corset patterns.
If selling patterns in Nigeria becomes very popular, you can be sure that many businesses will start that specialization line, till then just walk into the nearest fashion house or school near you and request to purchase a sewing pattern at a cost.
The only way to avoid the stress or process of purchasing patterns is by learning how to make your own patterns! Contact our tutors at Superprof for pattern making lessons.
Finding Patterns At Your Local Sewing Shop
You probably have some tailors you use regularly when you want to sew a custom made party dress or Aso Ebi. If you do then simply just meet with your tailor at your local shop to purchase one. Oh well, and if you do not usually make custom made outfits for yourself then just go to the nearest local sewing shop near you and request to buy one.
If your local shop isn't really into selling already made sewing patterns then just discuss with them what you really desire to sew and they would make or for you at a cost. As earlier said, who doesn't make to make some extra cash for what they already love doing even if it is not their line of focus.
Just ensure the nearest local sewing shop is into sewing patterns because many tailors in Nigeria still use the free-hand sewing method.
Besides just sewing patterns, some sell sewing supplies and fabrics that you might be interested in for your nest sewing project. Besides, your local sewing supplies shop tailor most likely has a wealth of experience and advice you could benefit from, such as which fabrics would flow best for that A-line dress you wanted to make or any hacks for sewing that kaftan dress.
You may even get your sewing pattern drafted slightly cheaper at your local shop. In fact, there is a good chance that you will be offered sewing tutorials after buying from them at a cost. Giving you some tips and hacks to sew the pattern you just purchased from them.
Many local shops in Nigeria sews all manner of dresses, skirts, trousers, tops etc, so there always a good chance that you would come across one that is already using patterns to sew. You may even find that those shop owners are passionate about the needle arts, embroidery, beading and may impart to you pattern-making basics of fashion design.
Of course, if you want to learn maybe beading, embroidery, sewing, pattern making, or needlework, it would be an additional cost.
Like we usually say at Superprof, no knowledge is a waste, It would always someday come in handy.
If you are looking for beginner sewing projects, you might look for something like doll patterns to at least start with to learn the basics on how to use a pattern to sew your desired outfit.
Shopping for Patterns Online
There are several websites online you could buy your next sewing pattern for that dazzling fabric you bought and you are not quite sure what you want to make out of it. You can get your next trouser, skirt, bodice, jumpsuit sewing patterns from an array of websites.
Once you are on their website, be sure that your concern would change from not knowing what to sew to you do not know which sewing patterns to purchase.
There are always lots of selection and the good thing about them is that they have been sectioned for your convenience. You can search for just women's dresses or even just kiddies skirts. Amazon sells some patterns, however, your options would be limited as there aren't lots of varieties to choose from.
Here's a list of some of these online pattern shops you can purchase from:
Made by Rae
And the list goes on and on. Major pattern makers each have their own collections of patterns, so you might first look at a catalogue of Simplicity patterns, and then a collection of Butterick patterns.
The easiest way to decide on a pattern is to look online. The two chain retailers we mentioned both have websites with an entire page dedicated to the patterns they have in stock.
Many designers are now scanning their patterns in or drawing them outright with computer drawing software, and then making their patterns available, either as a PDF download or paper patterns. The advantage of the PDF files is that they are a bit less expensive than the other ones.
Well if you want something custom made or simply are not too sure of what you really want to sew with that fabric for your next sewing project, you can easily just contact one of our tutors on Superprof. They also provide consultation services where you can talk to them and they can help you to draft a pattern of your choice. Of course, at a very affordable fee.