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How to Alter Home-Sewn Garments

The garments you make are worth refitting

Threads magazine - 171 - Feb./Mar. 2014
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You spend hours sewing, pressing, and finishing your special garments-but what happens when they no longer fit quite right? There’s no need to abandon a much-loved favorite simply because it has become a little too loose (or perhaps a bit snug). Often, you can alter a few seams and keep on wearing it.

You just need to know how to evaluate a garment’s alterability, how best to approach the alteration areas, and how to open seams without marring the garment. Regardless of the specific alterations that might be needed, there are common concepts, tasks, techniques, and prerequisites.

In this article from Threads #171, Angela Wolf shows you how to determine whether a garment can be altered based on its seamlines, design details, and seam finishes. You’ll learn some basic alteration principles, including how to remove seams while minimizing damage. She’ll also share some tips for planning your home-sewn…

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