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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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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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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How to Choose Boning for Your Dress

Each day, I receive many emails with great questions and today I thought I’d post one I received yesterday as well as the answer to it. Here’s the question: Hi Linda,  I am making my daughter’s strapless wedding dress.  I used the fabric store feather weight boning for the muslin corset .  We got it…

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Celebrate With Me…It’s Free!

Today is the 3rd  anniversary of this blog and I thought you might like to know how it all started. About seven years ago, a customer came to my door needing his suit jacket altered. As I spoke to him about the changes that needed to be made on it, he asked me if I…

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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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Rolled Hems…..Another Method

This is a fast and easy way to make a professional looking rolled hem on your wedding gown, formal dress, blouse or on an accessory like a scarf. In my first post on how to make a rolled hem, I used a rolled hem foot. This method doesn’t use a rolled hem foot. In fact,…

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How To Hem a Bubble Dress

Let me show you how easy it is to hem a bubble dress. Here is a strapless gown that a customer brought in earlier this week: Sometimes, I can just tack the dress up at random spots and stitch a bar tack in to hold up the hem. Most of the time, that is how…

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How To Add a Corset Back to Your Wedding Dress

Have you found the perfect dress, but it won’t zip up in back? It looks and fits great everywhere else, but you just can’t zip it up? Well, here’s an alteration you can do to fix that problem. It’s called putting in a corset back and it looks like this when you are finished: I…

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