How To Alter a Dress Without Taking Out the Zipper!

Once in awhile, a dress comes along that is too long in the bodice length and it is just plain uncomfortable to wear. It feels big and baggy and droopy. In this alteration, I needed to raise the waistline in order to make the dress fit better. (There were some other alterations that needed to…

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DIY Your Wedding Dress Alterations…with “No Sew” Solutions!

During this pandemic, and this season of quarantine, you may be having difficulty finding a seamstress to alter your wedding dress. I have had several calls from brides asking what they can do. You may be in the same situation…getting married soon with a dress that doesn’t fit. You might feel like there is no…

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How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts

When a garment is really too tight in the crotch area of a pair of pants or in the underarm area of a shirt, you might want to add a gusset. A gusset is typically a diamond or triangular shaped piece of fabric that is sewn into one of those areas to give some extra room…

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How to Make A Dress With A Tulle Skirt

As you readers know, altering garments is my focus, not constructing them. But, I just got a great question from a reader and I would love your input in helping her. I’d love your thoughts on the tulle (netting) fabric. Do you have some tips on how to expedite the process and make that skirt…

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How to Avoid Ruining a Garment

Here’s  another good question from a reader… Judy wrote:  My question regards mistakes.  I’ve never destroyed anyone’s item (thank goodness!) but I’ve always been afraid of messing something up, especially an expensive item, like a prom or wedding dress.  Have any of you ever made an error like this?  If so, what did you do? Here’s…

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Altering the Shoulders on a Jacket

A customer brought me two jackets to take in at the shoulders. Both of these jackets had shoulder pads, too, which she wanted removed. You don’t see those much anymore! The other jacket can be found in the post entitled, A Finely Tailored Jacket. Both were custom made in England for my customer and they were…

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Fun At The Wedding Reception

This is a sewing related post, even though the title doesn’t sound like it! As I mentioned in the previous post, we held two receptions for our daughter’s wedding. One was held at the church. The second was a family dinner at a public golf club in the next town. Here are the newlyweds leaving the church:…

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How To Take in a Dress with Piping

This formal dress has piping that goes all along the very top edge. (Piping is cord that has been covered with fabric to make a nice decorative feature on a garment.) This dress has to be taken in at the bust area, which means I need to alter the piping when I take in the…

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Stain Remover For Wedding Gowns

Every morning I open up my e-mail and receive many wonderful comments and good questions. Last week, I received a tip on how to remove a stain from a wedding or bridesmaid dress. In all my years as a wedding coordinator, I don’t remember a bride or bridesmaid spilling anything. Maybe that was partly because we made sure they…

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How To Put Gussets In a Dress or Top

Update: October 19, 2020 Do you know what a gusset is? It’s an inverted triangular (or diamond shaped) piece of fabric inserted into a garment to make it fit more comfortably. If you’d like to put gussets in pants or a top that has sleeves, look at this post on How To Put Gussets in…

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