Designing your own custom clothing

The advent of mass production precipitated an age of dull conformity. Cars looked the same, furniture looked the same and clothing shops displayed rows of similar styles differentiated only by size or colour. It seemed that individuality was being pushed aside in the search for manufacturing efficiency. But we humans are strange creatures; while we like to be one of the crowd, we still crave that smidgeon of individuality that sets us apart from the rest and says, “I am different.”

Fortunately, those same manufacturing processes that threatened to turn out mile upon mile of the same boring products have been developed and improved and allow us now to add a personal touch to some of the goods we buy. This is no more apparent than in the clothing industry, where new techniques and materials mean that we can now virtually design our own outfits.

You can purchase custom clothing from reputable suppliers like Clifton Clothing who will not only produce your clothing for you but also have professional designers on hand to help you out if you need it.

If you decide to try designing some custom clothing, bear in mind that you may have to make a few compromises but here are some basic points that you need to bear in mind:

What is your objective?

Before doing anything, you must have a clear objective in mind. You need to know exactly what you want the clothing for, have some idea of the look you want to achieve and where it will fit in your wardrobe.

If, for example, you want to design your own clothes for a specific occasion, you will need to adjust your design to suit the type of event, the type of clothing that will be acceptable and even the likely weather conditions. And, if it is to be part of an ensemble, you have to make sure that it is a good match. These are all factors that you must take into account.


Materials vary according to the use and style of the garment. Different materials are more suitable for different manufacturing processes. Some lend themselves better to screen printing, others to sublimation techniques. Of course, you may prefer a stitched pattern or motif. In any event you will need to choose your material accordingly.

Patterns and motif

Many materials will accept a variety of methods of applying patterns or motifs. Each method has it own limitations so you need to be precise about the look you are after and make sure that the printing method can achieve that look on the material you have chosen.

Customising your own clothes is a fun way to make your wardrobe unique. It is not as difficult as you may think and companies such as Clifton Clothing can give you the help and advice you need to make it easier and ensure a great outcome.


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