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! 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 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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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 Put In Gussets

Do you know what a gusset is? It’s an inverted triangular piece of fabric used to enlarge a garment so it will fit. Usually, you have two gussets….one in each side seam. You know you need a gusset, when you are zipping up a dress or skirt and it won’t zip up all the way.…

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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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How To Alter Tulle or Netting on Your Dress

This dress had two layers of satin and two outer layers of netting: 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 cut off 2 inches. I had to…

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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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Adding a Corset Back to Your Dress…Option #2

You may have already read my post on Adding a Corset Back To Your Wedding Dress. Today I am going to show you another way to add a corset back to your dress. A customer brought me  her prom dress this week: It didn’t zip all the way up in back, so she opted for the corset…

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