Readers…..Chime in!

Hi everyone, I got a question from a reader yesterday that I thought would be great for you all to chime in and help answer. I think we’ve all had to fix this problem at one time or another. Here is her email: Hi Linda, Thank you for your blog! I am working on my…

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Should You Charge A Minimum Fee For Alterations?

I get asked this question alot. So, let’s take an example. This morning, I found a bag on my front porch. Inside was a pair of workout pants: The customer said there was a hole in the seam at the knee and would I stitch it up? Certainly! Here is a photo of the small…

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Wedded Bliss!

Thank you for your sweet emails and congrats on our daughter’s wedding! It was a wonderful day! The weather was perfect and the ceremony divine While we’re still waiting for the photographer to give us the photos (how long do they usually take? It’s been about 6 weeks), I couldn’t resist sharing a couple of…

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Beads on a Gown…..Removing and Reattaching

Many of you out there have been asking me how to take off beads and reattach them. I don’t have a “rocket science” answer, but I’ll tell you what works for me. I just begin by assessing the area where they are to be removed. If I am taking in the side seams or bust of a…

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French Bustles…Making Them Even Easier Than Before!

A big thanks to Christy, at Alterations By Christy, for telling me about an even easier way to put French bustles in your gown! Many of you have seen the post I wrote on How To Put Bustles on Your Wedding Gown. Christy saw it too and wrote to tell me about a step in the…

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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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Rolled Hems

This is a close up of a rolled hem:                 You’ll find them on prom dresses, wedding dresses, casual dresses, skirts and men’s shirt tails. In fact, they are found on all sorts of garments made from all sorts of fabrics. You can make a rolled hem “by hand”.…

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