Learn all these sewing and alterations you can do yourself to make your wardrobe fit well and last longer. Don’t pay for these alterations!
Clothing is made to fit an average body that doesn’t exist. It’s the average measurements of people done by doctors from more than fifty years ago. It’s really hard to get ready to wear clothing fit you perfectly right off the rack.
It’s great to learn simple ways to sew and alter clothes to get a beautiful, custom fit. A custom fit is the best way to make your clothing look well-made and expensive.
There are lots of ways for sewing and alterations to change clothes like lengthening or shortening hems, taking in the sides or letting out the sides, adding darts or removing darts, lengthening or shortening sleeves, mending holes, etc.
There is no end to what you can do with clothing, and you can even do additionaly refashions like adding a skirt, chopping off sleeves, and adding pockets to make something you love.
A lot of these clothing alterations work well for women’s clothing since I usually alter for myself, but the majority of these work for all: men, women, and children. You can always take excess fabric in, and you can often let clothing out by using the side seams or adding fabric.
Should I prewash the item?
If you have not washed the item yet, and it doesn’t fit the way you want, then I recommend washing and drying the item the way you will treat it when you wash and wear it. You want the fabric to shirnk or settle into the way it’ll be permanently. Then any changes you make will be accurate.
Do you like reworking clothing? Check out these lists of tutorials!
Learn how to make a shirt bigger by sewing fabric panels into each side seam. This is a great fix for shirts that are just a little too tight, and it makes the circumference of the body and of the sleeves larger.
I’m demonstrating this sewing tutorial on two different dresses with two different styles of sleeves. The first is how to add sleeves to a sleeveless dress and the second is how to add sleeves to a dress with straps.
Learn how to make an upcycled plastic bag holder to keep bags organized! This beginner sewing project only uses a men’s shirt sleeve! A couple of weeks ago I made a men’s shirt into a skirt for my daughter. The sleeves were left so I tried to think of something to do with them. The…
Upcycle an adult t-shirt into a romper or a dress with this sewing pattern in toddler and baby sizes. There are three views with lots of different options. I’m so excited to share this pattern with you! The Upcycled T-Shirt Romper and Dress pattern comes with six baby and toddler sizes and three views. I…
Learn how to upcycle a t-shirt into a backpack. This is a great beginner sewing project to make a simple backpack! Little kids love backpacks. They love carrying around their special items and feeling so grown up. My son loves feeling like daddy with a backpack or like he’s going off to school like a…
Learn how to hem jeans by reusing the original hem. Shorten your denim pants and keep the same look! Jeans are purchased with a loved and worn look. All the edges have a little bit of color loss. If your jeans are too long, then you don’t want to lose the unique details on the…
Learn how to shorten a sweater or a jumper that is too long with a sewing machine. This sewing tutorial keeps the ribbing intact for a professional finished hem. It can be very frustrating when a sweater is too long, and it just doesn’t look right. It’s hard to wear or the proportions are off….
Learn how to make a hat out of a sweater. This upcycling project is a great gift since it’s easy to sew and quick to make! My ears get cold easily, so I love having lots of warm hats to wear. I put one on to go walking, to go to the bus stop, and…