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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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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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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