As a new fashion entrepreneur, you will likely face various fears that challenge your growth along the way. These fears could come in the form of a phobia for networking and advertising your brand to new people, a phobia for ruining a client’s order and disappointing them or some other thing.
Whichever way it comes, you need to address and overcome it.
Last week, we reviewed a video by Ronke Lawal on how to network effectively at a networking event, and, this week, we reviewed a video by Ada-Uju Nwabuike of Stitchadress on ‘How to Get Over the Phobia of Cutting and Ruining Fabrics’. In it, she shared what fashion entrepreneurs can do to get over this phobia.
The video aims to teach fashion entrepreneurs things they need to do get over the phobia of cutting and ruining fabrics that many new fashion entrepreneurs have. In it, she shares practical steps she took to get over this phobia when she first started her fashion business.
This video review will cover;
- useful points fashion entrepreneurs can learn from,
- important points missed out,
- the relevance of the information provided to fashion entrepreneurs.
How to Get Over the Phobia of Cutting and Ruining Fabrics.
1. Tell Yourself You Can do it.
You have seen a very gorgeous style that looks completely out of this world, look at it and tell yourself you can do it. Push away that thought that makes you feel inadequate.
Yes, you are just starting as a fashion designer and you might not really know your way around fabric, but still tell yourself you can do it. With a positive mindset, you are already on the way to successfully cutting and sewing a dress without fear.
2. Do Not Ever Cut in front of a Professional.
A professional is used to handling fabrics and know tricks to make cutting fabrics easier for them. When you cut in front of one, the person might set you on edge by trying to correct you or speed you up.
Always cut at home or when you are alone. Gather the confidence you need as you cut alone. The more you cut alone, the more confidence you will have to cut in front of others.
It is like solving a maths problem in front of a class. If you have solved it alone many times alone before, you will have more confidence to stand and solve it in front of others and even explain to them why you are taking certain steps.
Sewing is like photocopying. The way you see it is the way it has been cut. For example, if you want to cut a flare dress and you feel it was cut a certain way, try that way out. If you don’t get it right, try it out another way.
By doing trial and error in sewing, you will eventually get the right result. When you think about how an outfit was cut and you have learnt the basics of sewing, just try to envision it and cut it.
After you have analysed a design and envisioned how it was cut and put together, the next thing to do is practice. Do not practice fabrics but instead practice on newspapers, brown papers, pattern papers, and so on.
Practice as much as possible and start with small portions as opposed to large portions. Practice makes you so much better and helps you get over any fear you might have.
When you have gotten to a level where you feel like you have gotten the hang of cutting, then you can move on to working with fabrics. Always start with cheap fabric.
5. Smoothen Out Your Fabric and Make Sure it is Equal on All Sides
When it comes to basic drafting of bodice and cutting, your fabric is usually folded into 4. Make sure that as you are folding your fabric, it is smoothened out at every step. If it is rumpled, iron it out because little bumps on the fabric affect your citing.
Also, make sure fabric hems are equal on all sides. If you are working with 10 inches across your fabric, make sure that every side is 10 inches long before you cut. If it is not 10 inches, you can cut off the excess with a pair of scissors.
6. Draft out Your Measurements.
Once you are sure everything is smothered out and equal on all sides, put in all your measurements. Draft your neckline, shoulder line, armhole, bust, hips, and whatever other measurements you need.
Always double check your measurements before you cut even if it seems right. Make sure you have your zip allowance, excess fabric for darts, and every other thing you need to have in place.
7. Cut and Sew.
After you have double-checked to make sure everything is right, go ahead and cut. Cutting and sewing are very simple when you put your mind to it.
When you gave cut everything on your cheap fabric, sew it and where you made mistakes and what you need to correct. Keep doing it and you will surely get better.
Other Points Missed Out.
8. Avoid Procrastination.
The longer you keep away from cutting and sewing fabrics, the more you are pushing back the day you are going to start. No matter how fearful you are of ruining a fabric, you need to do it one day to get over that fear.
No one was born an expert and even the best fashion designer had days when they made many mistakes. By practising and learning from others, you will know what mistakes to avoid in cutting and sewing fabrics.
The Usefulness of the Information to Fashion Entrepreneurs.
Since every new fashion designer passes through this phase of having a phobia for cutting fabrics, the information provided is very useful. It outlines steps anybody can follow to get better at cutting fabrics with time.
New entrepreneurs need to put these steps into practice to gain from them and enter into the realm of the experts.