Also, I have a white dress a friend got me as a gift a while ago. It's too big and I'm not in love with it: should I subject it to experimentation, or take it to sales?
Overall, I really would like to make my own dresses. Maybe I'm getting over confident in aiming for something brand-label worthy, but I would put the time in it. I have ideas that I haven't seen in any indie, brand, or loliable stores. Should I study general seamstressing? Talk to a seamstress?
* I should note that the white dress is definately lolita, but of an unknown brand.
** Also, I have sewn before. About six or so clothing items with patterns and a few plushies and a purse free-hand.
*** For clarification, I don't know how to make patterns. This question is about pattern making. Sorry for confusion.