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    Posted: August 12 2006 at 2:44am

I'm a near-total sewing noob -_-; .  I've never even used a machine, so everything I make is sewing by hand with tiny stitches.

Mostly I make plushies, which still are amateurish, but I'm getting a little better at it.  Currently I'm working on a very large project I was commissioned for, of a life-sized anthro fox vixen.  I swear this project is going to kill me, especially since I have to do it all by hand!
 
I've also partially sewed a doll-sized garment when I made a custom doll of a fanchara.  I kinda disassembled another doll's costume and used part of that for the base that I added to.
 
The other sewing I've done is mostly just your run-of-the-mill bad attempts to repair existing clothes.  I would like to be able to sew my own clothes and costumes.  Last year I sewed my first and only human-sized garment, but I don't think it counts as real garment-sewing, since it was the yukata I wore for Hallowe'en ^_^; .  Hopefully I'll learn more soon.  Maybe I should sign up for a class one day.
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Classes can be helpful, but I've found I like my sewing books better because I can refer back to them and they have great illustrations; also, sewing videos have helped me a lot.
 
Good luck!
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Practice, practice, practice.  Nothing helps more than that.
 
I've been sewing for over 20 years, and I'm a fourth generation seamstress/tailor (my great grandfather was a professional tailor) and a lot of what I know are things handed down to me.  I've made entire wardrobes for people, as well as run a custom costuming business, and it's a lot of fun if you don't let it become 'work'.
 
I'd definitely encourage you to find a good mentor/teacher to help you with the details, but otherwise, figuring it out on your own, practice, and some good reference books will get you a long ways.
 
Good luck!
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