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5 Tips For Altering Clothes

Posted by ,22nd Jan 2021
5 Tips For Altering Clothes

We all strive to be more conscientious of what we buy and use, and especially of what we dispose of, always aiming to recycle everything we can. But when clothing gets either past its best, becomes damaged, or no longer fits, instead of getting rid of it, why not get it altered?

Whether you’re shopping for vintage clothing that you can adjust, or simply wanting to do something with an outfit you can’t bear to part with, you can take them to a tailor, or with a bit of patience, a measuring tool and a sewing machine, you can tailor your own clothes from home.

Whether you want to hem pants, take in seams, or customise the perfect dress, we have some tips to help you get the perfect outfit.

Know your measurements.

The sizes that retailers use are never consistent with all the different brands, so instead of referencing clothing sizes, keep a list of your measurements (neck, bust, arms, waist, hips, and inseam) on hand.

There is usually a sizing guide on online shopping pages, or take a tape measure with you when you go shopping or pay attention to how something fits. When you’re ready to tailor, you’ll know which areas you need to address.

Buy clothes in that fit your widest measurement.


If your hips are your widest area, then buy items that fit your hips, instead of your waist. It’s easier to take clothes in that are too loose than needing to make them bigger.

Experiment on old clothes first.


You don’t want to make a costly mistake on a treasured item of clothing. Practice makes perfect, so use old clothes to experiment and get a feel for what to do.

Use the right thread.


Use thread that blends into the fabric, as it will help make alterations more discrete, especially if your stitching is quite that neat and tidy yet.

Lock in your stitches


Once you have started sewing, make your stitches last by locking them in, or backstitching, at the beginning and end of each seam, essentially doubling up by going back over your stitching and strengthening the seam.

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