For someone that struggles with sewing clothes and has never claimed to be a seamstress, I tend to get a lot of things coming my way to alter. One of the girls the boys knows wanted a dress with long sleeves changed to one with no sleeves. Apparently, the dress was a good fit, but the sleeves were far too tight.
It's quite scary cutting off the sleeves, it's something you can't undo. Before taking the first cut, I did check to make sure they definitely wanted it changing. As the fabric was quite flimsy, I've added some tape to give the armhole some stability.
It doesn't look too bad, I just hope she will be happy with the changes. After this brief interlude, it's back to sewing that's much more fun.
Despite the previous fitting, when the dress went back, it was decided, it was too low under the armhole. The neck edge was fine, so I'm going to have do a little alteration on the shoulder seam to reduce the size of the armhole. This is the reason I will never be a seamstress!
I unpicked the armhole edging, marked the shoulder seams and restitched, Before I go cutting the excess and finishing the edge again, it's going back to be fitted again. Hopefully, this time, it will be ok, her holiday is getting closer with every passing week.
After coming home one evening from picking up Daniel from college, I got waylaid by a neighbour. She had work t shirts that were too large for her, and she wanted me to alter them. I love these people, they think I can work miracles, and certainly have more confidence in my abilities than I do. She had three t shirts she wanted doing, so I said I'd tack the changes onto one, and if she was happy, I'd do the others.
We used one of her existing jumpers to work out what the changes were, and I tacked the seams in and turned up the hem to what she wanted. After trying it on, she came back and said it was perfect, go ahead.
This is the original size. I had to take five inches from the bottom, and I think we took it in about eight inches! The scary part was getting the scissors out and cutting away the excess, there was no going back then. The t shirt went from the size shown above, to the size shown below.
After giving the thumbs up for the first t shirt, the other two came over and the process was repeated.
If anyone wants a tutorial on how I did it, please give me a shout, I did take photos. If I can do it, anyone can!
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I have had a lifelong love of crafts which started with being taught how to knit at a very young age. It didn't take long to realise that great joy and satisfaction came from making things. Even now, I get a thrill seeing something that started just as an idea, becoming a finished product, whether I make it, or teach someone else how to make it.