In this day and age, where on-line learning has become so common, and excellent instruction is available, you can be a self-taught fashion designer or seamstress without ever setting foot in a classroom. If you are interested in sewing and making your own clothes, you do not need a lot of equipment and tools to get started.
I recommend getting just the basics to get started, and you can build your collection over time. I highly recommend learning from the experts because just as with any other skill, it is best to learn. I often turn to classes on crafty when I am wanting to learn more. One of my goals for 2015 was to learn tailoring, and I did so via craftsy. They have an array of classes for every level.
If you want to learn to learn with me, I offer free advice/answer questions in my sewing group HERE. I also offer one on one sewing lessons via skype or google hangout etc. I usually offer one to two-hour slots of one-on-one lessons a few times a week. If you are interested in learning with me, please send me an email using the contact form below 🙂
To start off with, I recommend the following:
1. A sewing machine. Depending on your budget, you can find these as low as $30 at thrift stores or craigslist. Or you can by one as low as $65. I recommend a machine that has a backstitch and zig zag stitch at the minimum. Personally,I prefer Brother machines and have listed a few HERE. But remember you can use ANY sewing machine. As long as it has a basic straight stitch!
2. Iron: Household or professional iron will do. Make sure if has a steam function because steam and heat can make magic happen when it comes to garment construction.
3. Fabric scissors, thread and of course some fabric to sew 🙂
If you are not sure how to get started, ask! Send me an email and I will be happy to guide you with your 1st sewing project!
As you advance as a sewist or designer, you can build your collection of tools over time.
For a list of all the tools I recommend, click HERE