How To Alter a Bubble Dress and Other “Closed” Lined Garments

This year, I’ve seen alot of Bubble Dresses for Prom and Homecoming. Here is one I altered yesterday: They have lots of pouf all over them, don’t they? The hem and the lining are usually sewn together at the bottom of the dress. So, instead of opening up the hem area, I leave that alone…

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Shortening a Zipper From the Top

In all my years of altering clothes, I had never thought of altering a zipper from the top. Usually, when a dress doesn’t zip all the way up, there are three things I might do. First, I try to let out the side seams at the bust area. If that doesn’t give me enough room,…

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Putting Bustles On Your Wedding Gown

UPDATE 11/12/09: Read this post all the way to the end and then go back and read Making French Bustles, Even Easier Than Before for a shortcut on one of the steps. You’ll be glad you did! I have been altering wedding gowns for 25 years now, beginning with my own, 25 years ago! One…

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Tailor Tacks…Instead of Pins

Have you heard of a tailor tack? If you’re 50 years old or older, you probably have. If you’re a young whipper snapper or you’re new to sewing in the last 25 years, you may not have any idea what I’m talking about. So, let me first tell you what one is and what it…

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How To Take In The Bust on a Dress or Top

This dress came from a mother of a groom and it needed to be taken in in the bust area, so I’d like to show you how to do that. You can use this technique on strapless dresses as well. Do you see the pins in the side seam? There are pins on the other side seam as well. I…

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Halter Top or Halter Dress Alteration

Have you ever had a halter top or halter dress fit loosely on the side of the bust area? It’s a very common problem. And since halters are so “in” right now, I thought I’d show you how to fix that problem. First, let’s look at the superb diagram below! Aren’t you impressed? It illustrates the basic idea…

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Spaghetti Straps…Let’s make some!

Alot of what we do as seamstresses, is construct items that enhance a garment or upholstery project. Making spaghetti straps (or straps of any width) or fabric covered tubes falls into that category. I borrowed this great tool from a friend of mine years ago. It’s called a Fast Turn. It has that name because it helps you turn these…

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