How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts

When a garment is really too tight in the crotch area of a pair of pants or in the underarm area of a shirt, you might want to add a gusset. A gusset is typically a diamond or triangular shaped piece of fabric that is sewn into one of those areas to give some extra room…

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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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Fun At The Wedding Reception

As I mentioned in the previous post, we held two receptions for our daughter’s wedding. One was held at the church. The second was a family dinner at a public golf club in the next town. Here are the newlyweds leaving the church: The wedding party planned to stop off at a local reservoir for some more pictures…

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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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Stain Remover For Wedding Gowns

Every morning I open up my e-mail and receive many wonderful comments and good questions. Last week, I received a tip on how to remove a stain from a wedding or bridesmaid dress. In all my years as a wedding coordinator, I don’t remember a bride or bridesmaid spilling anything. Maybe that was partly because we made sure they…

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How To Put Gussets In a Dress or Top

Do you know what a gusset is? It’s an inverted triangular (or diamond shaped) piece of fabric inserted into a garment to make it fit more comfortably. If you’d like to put gussets in pants or a top that has sleeves, look at this post on How To Put Gussets in Pants or Shirts. This…

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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…

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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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