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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Should You Charge A Minimum Fee For Alterations?

I get asked this question alot. So, let’s take an example. This morning, I found a bag on my front porch. Inside was a pair of workout pants: The customer said there was a hole in the seam at the knee and would I stitch it up? Certainly! Here is a photo of the small…

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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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Celebrate With Me…It's Free!

Today is the 3rd  anniversary of this blog and I thought you might like to know how it all started. About seven years ago, a customer came to my door needing his suit jacket altered. As I spoke to him about the changes that needed to be made on it, he asked me if I…

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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! She tried the jacket on and I put a pin marking the spot where she wanted the sleeve to be moved to. See the white pin…

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How To Make a Sewing Pattern

A question came in yesterday asking how to line the inside of a nightgown. Without having the original pattern, one might think it impossible. But, I have found an answer to that diemma and I’d like to share it with you. Call it my early Christmas gift to you! All you need is some wide…

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How To Sew On Satin Covered Buttons

I admit I don’t get a request to sew on satin covered buttons very often. It’s happened twice in eight years. You’ve seen these before, right? They are usually seen on wedding dresses or other bridal items. The button is covered in satin on one side and has a softly padded shank on the other. As…

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Just a few things….

Hi everyone, I thought I’d stop by and say hi today. I hope you and your families had a wonderful and blessed Easter. It’s an amazing gift….the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To think that we can spend eternity in heaven, not by trying to be a good person, but…

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How To Take in a Dress with Piping

This formal dress has piping along the top edge: It has to be taken in at the bust area, which means I need to address the piping: I could take off all of the piping, make the alteration and restitch the piping down. However, that would involve taking off the hook or eye near the zipper…

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How To Fix Boning Issues

I’d like to address how to fix a few problems with the boning in your dress or tops. Recently, a customer tried on a dress that just didn’t seem like it fit correctly in the bust. I knew right away that it had an issue with the boning, because one side was fine and the…

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