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Making an alteration for a work collegue

Homesew | Posted in General Discussion on

Hello everyone

Against my better judgement I have been talked into altering a pari of RTW trousers for a colleague.  I have never felt that confident about trying this but as I say talked into it.

I watched a video which appeared really straight forward and this seemed full proof, however the low waistband on actual trouser have a two piece and the technique I followed has ended up with a pucker/tuck between the layers.

I have unpicked and resewn each layers seperately but the inside looks a mess.  I am thinking of unpicking again and covering the inside with a stip of growgrain ribbon and then sew the top and bottom layers to join it back together.

Is this a good idea or has someone go a better fix??  Thanks in advance for your help.



  1. Pattiann42 | | #1

    Pant Alteration

    Men or women's pants?  Men's dress pants have a two piece waist band that is pretty easy to take in or let out.

    1. Homesew | | #2

      Womens pants

  2. Pattiann42 | | #3


    Open the seams and press out the old seam line, then trim away the excess fabric and re-seam.  To enlarge the garment, press out the old seams and make a narrower seam.

    The inside is stabilizer. 

    Glue sticks also help hold bits and pieces together in place of basting with thread and needle.

    I prefer Aleene's Tacky Glue sticks.  Keep the lid tight and they do not dry out like the craft/school glue sticks.

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