HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE MY FIRST DRESS?
Whether you are an experienced or new dressmaker, the first Sew Like A Pro™ dress is the most difficult and will take the longest.
- You have to learn to make custom patterns for your leotard, sleeve and skirts.
- You will go slower because you will watch the training videos and then do the work. Watch. Create. Repeat. is the formula to making your first dress.
For many students, making the first dress feels like dressmaker boot camp.
The learning curve is high which can create frustrations as you struggle with new sewing techniques.... But it gets SEW MUCH EASIER after the first dress!
Each sewing school module is released one week at a time so you have a chance to do the work without rushing. Therefore, your first dress will take at least 6-8 weeks to complete.
However, you can take much longer to make the dress if that is what suits your schedule. There is no rush. All the Sew Like A Pro™ material is available 24/7 "lifetime" so you can work on your own schedule.
You can work anywhere from 1-10 hours a week depending on how fast you want to make you dress and how thoroughly you want to begin mastering the sewing skills taught in the Complete Latin-Skate and Complete Ballgown Programs. How much you work is up to you.
Your second and third dresses usually takes much less time than the first!
- You will have made most of your custom patterns with the first dress.
- You do not have to watch all the training videos if you remember how to do the steps you learned while making the first dress. You may only need to re-watch 1/2 of the sewing videos to gain confidence and pick up extra tips.
Plan 20-60 hours over 2-4 weeks if you are in a hurry. The time amount varies according to:
- the complexity of your design,
- how many rhinestones you want,
- how much you recall from making the first dress.
After making your third dress, each dress gets faster and more efficient!
For new dressmakers, the third or fourth dress is often the tipping point in confidence boost and speed increase.
In my prime when my company Seams Sensational made 12-20 custom dresses per month, I could sew a high-fashion, perfectly-fitted custom dress in 10-25 hours depending again on the complexity of the design, whether my client was local or long-distance, plus the fabrics used.
The big time-sucker is gluing rhinestones! 5,000+ rhinestones can take longer to apply than making the dress.
Please humor me while I relate dressmaking to dancing and skating 🙂
- How long did you take lessons before you felt that you learned enough to test or do a competition?
- For many people this is at least six months, if not a year. ...
- You can make and wear your first dress in as little as two months!
- Your next dress will take only a couple weeks.
- Your third and fourth dress may only take one weekend if you add very few rhinestones.
- How long did it take you to learn to do an axel or to maintain proper dance postition? A long freaking time and you're still working on it, right?
- Dressmaking will take far less time to see tangible results.
- And yes, you can always continue improving with each dress. You can push yourself to make a complex dress, or keep it fast and easy for a quick completion.
- Do you learn new steps and techniques faster now than you did in the beginning? ... YES, is the answer because that's the way our bodies and mind work.
- It's the same for making a dress.
- What you learn right now - let's say installing neckline and leg elastic - will take several hours because you're watching the videos and learning as you go.
- On your second dress, it will take half the time because all you need to do is watch the videos on fast speed for a refresher.
- By your third dress and beyond, 15-30 minutes and all elastics are done!
- Every time you make a dress it gets faster and easier - unless you decide to make complex dresses which slow the process down.