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Why use a sewing pattern when you can experiment?
You'll need some material, some thread and a good, running sewing machine. That's it!
Thread your machine and start thinking about what you want to make. For example, I will pick slippers. Also, let's say that you would like them to be lined with felt. With experimental sewing, you will be doing your own measuring, your own seam allowances and your own cutting. Measure around your foot for the top, middle and bottom layers of the slippers. Make your own guesses. It's alright if you mess up, because you are simply experimenting!
Feel the freedom of playing in the mud as a child. Don't worry about how it looks, just keep going. If you need to redo the whole thing, you will. After you decide that your slippers are all cut out properly, pin the three layers together and sew. After you have finished, try them on. Did you need to leave more room for seam allowances or to wrap around your foot? Decide what could make them better and do it again.
When experimental sewing, remember to complete the project before you decide how to change it. Even if you know it will turn out wrong, you will be getting more experimenting done with the same material as before, which wastes less material.
I started out as an experimental sewer, and now I make custom made evening gowns for myself. I have yet to know how to read a pattern. Allow my example to encourage you while you try your hand at this. Experimental sewing is also good for your specific body shape. You will learn what color, what shapes and what designs make your body look better. You will learn how to control the material to do what you want. You'll even learn how to repair a broken sewing machine!
There are four key steps to doing your experimental sewing. First, decide what you want to try to make, and get the materials for it. Second, decide how to cut the pieces of material to look the way you want it to. Remember, it's okay if you're wrong. The more you do it, the better you will be able to judge. Third sew the pieces together, finishing the entire project no matter what. And fourth, examine the result and see how you would like to change it. Start over and pretty soon, you're experimental sewing will turn into professional, clean-cut clothing.