How To Alter Tulle or Netting on Your Dress

This dress had two layers of satin and two outer layers of netting on the skirt part of the dress: so I folded up the amount needed and pinned it in place: as you can see, the amount that needs to be taken up is not even all the way around: So, I couldn’t  just…

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Rolled Hems…..Another Method

This is a fast and easy way to make a professional looking rolled hem on your wedding gown, formal dress, blouse or on an accessory like a scarf. In my first post on how to make a rolled hem, I used a rolled hem foot. This method doesn’t use a rolled hem foot. In fact,…

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How to Alter a Dress or Top With Binding

You may have a garment that you need to alter but it has bias binding (or edging) along the armhole and/or neckline edge. The binding is a separate, narrow, bias strip of fabric that is sewn on to the garment. Here is an example of what binding looks like: Many customers ask me to make this alteration…

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French Seams

I want to teach you how to alter a garment that has French Seams in it. But, first, I’d like to talk about what they are and how they are made. The French Seam is a seam that is encased within itself so that no raw edges can be seen. You’ve probably seen French Seams on many…

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How To Add a Corset Back to Your Dress…Option #2

You may have already read my post on Adding a Corset Back To Your Wedding Dress. Both that first post and this post offer a great option for dresses that don’t zip all the way up. This is a way to add extra room in any dress or top. Usually, you’ll find this option on…

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How To Shorten Spaghetti Straps

Let me show you how easy it is to shorten the spaghetti straps on your dress. This is a prom dress whose straps were too long for the customer: On this dress, there are four straps on each side. But, the technique is the same whether you have one spaghetti strap or several. Not only did this…

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How To Hem a Bubble Dress

Let me show you how easy it is to hem a bubble dress. Here is a strapless gown that a customer brought in earlier this week: Sometimes, if the dress isn’t overly long, I can just tack the dress up at random spots and stitch a bar tack in to hold up the hem. Most…

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How To Shorten Shoulder Straps on Your Dress or Top

When your dress or top needs to be taken up at the shoulders, the process is not difficult. Often, my customers will tell me to just stitch across the strap and cut off the excess. Yes, you can do a version of that, but it leaves a very large lump that doesn’t always lay flat,…

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How To Add a Corset Back to Your Wedding Dress

Have you found the perfect dress, but it won’t zip up in back? It looks and fits great everywhere else, but you just can’t zip it up? Well, here’s an alteration you can do to fix that problem. I’ll show you how to add a corset back to your wedding dress (or any dress) and…

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Taking In A Dress That’s 5 Sizes Too Big

I haven’t written in almost a month. Not because I didn’t want to. I was preoccupied with altering a bridal gown. I should have known that taking in 8 inches at the bust was going to prove to be difficult. Isn’t there an unwritten rule that you shouldn’t take in more than like three inches…

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