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This page contains tips, projects, and how to information about making alterations to clothing.
I had a special occasion coming up and wanted a new dress. Budget was quite tight so I decided to make my own from clothes I already had. I had 2 items that I had purchased for only a couple bucks from a thrift shop. I decided to cut them up and make them into something new.
If your jeans need adjusting it is best to hem them properly after sizing. This is a guide about hemming jeans.
Turning Pants Into Capris
I had a pair of casual pants with legs that were too wide and out of style. The pants were almost brand new because I would keep thinking I would wear them, but never did. I decided that they would be perfect for cutting down for capris.
Hemming Jeans Like a Pro
There is a way to hem jeans that preserves the original stitching. In my area it is called a "special hem", and costs a lot extra if the store or a seamstress does it. Not only is the original stitching saved, but you do not cut any excess fabric away.
Use Vinegar When Lengthening Garments
Sometimes when you lengthen a garment the crease line from the previous hem remains. The way to get rid of that is to moisten the crease with vinegar, and iron on the hottest setting allowable for the fabric. I always use a press cloth to protect the fabric.
Turning a Crew Neck Shirt into a V-Neck
I recently found some t-shirts on sale at the craft store for $2. I was excited, but I despise crew neck shirts. I found a youtube video explaining exactly how to turn your shirts into v-necks and they looked like you bought them that way. It's easy and takes less than half an hour.
Altering Spaghetti Straps on Blouse
I have a blouse that that has spaghetti straps on each side of a top under it. The problem is that the wide bra where you fasten it in back, shows above the back of the shirt. How do I alter it so it won't show?
Making a Blouse Bigger
I ordered 4 blouses online, and it turned out to be the wrong size. It's 6x which is the largest size they had. I'm 16 years old and would like to know how could I make the blouse bigger for me? The fabric is cotton and polyester. Please someone help.
Letting Down a Hem on a Skirt
I've had to take down my daughter's school skirt. I thought all was good then I saw the colour of the material that was hemmed up was like new and not "faded" like the rest of the skirt.
Altering a Blouse to Make It Form Fitting
My daughter bought a pretty blouse, but it was too big on the sides of the blouse. How do I alter the sides with a sewing machine to make it form fitting? I am a beginner on sewing so if you can make it easy to understand that would be helpful.
Making a Men's T-shirt Fit a Woman
I am not a straight line, I'm a curvy person. The men's medium tees always fit my top area, but when I get down to the hip and stomach area they are too tight. How can I make the shirt more feminine looking and have it fit my stomach area better?
Altering the Neckline on a Pajama Top
How do I make a too large neckline smaller, without taking all the seams out? I just want to keep it from falling off my very narrow shoulders, it is a PJ top made of jersey knit. I am an elderly beginner.
Moving Buttons on Blouse to Alter Bust Size
Altering Pants Into Capris
Altering Old Clothing Into New
Make a Cardigan From a Sweater
Tightening T-shirt Sleeves
Making a Mastectomy Camisole
Resizing a Hat
Making a Jacket from a Sweatshirt
Shortening Pants or Sleeves
Giving a Sweatshirt a Makeover
Making Shorts Out of Pants
Altering Jeans to Replace Button and Zipper with Elastic or Velcro
Lengthening a Dress
Changing the Direction a Shirt Buttons
Converting Hospital Scrubs into Clothing
Recycled Summer Tops
Lengthening Children's Clothing
Shortening the Stride in Men's Pants
Altering a Skirt to Make Pants or Shorts
Altering an Adult Necktie to Fit a Child
How Do I Make Ankle Socks from Long Socks?
Link: Hemming Jeans
How Can I Alter a Pair of Child's PJs That Are Too Small?
Adding Pockets to Leggings
Altering the Waist Size on Jeans
Making Pants Shorter
Dyeing Part of My Jeans
Resizing a Big T-shirt
Slacks Too Large In The Legs
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