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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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 Much Do You Charge To Replace a Zipper?

I get this question all the time. “How much do you charge to replace a zipper?” The short answer is: “It depends.” The long answer:  “It depends, and here’s why….” First, make sure the zipper needs replacing. You wouldn’t believe how many customers I’ve had over the years,  who just need a new zipper slide…

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Changing a Garment From Zippered to Buttoned

I have a customer who loathes zippers in her robes. So, she asked me if I could take the zipper out and put in buttons. No problem, I answered. It’s no problem because I made sure that she understood that she was going to lose some of the width in the front. Putting in buttonholes and buttons means…

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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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