11.29.2010

how to tailor your own clothes

"Hello Mrs. Sarah,
One of the many things I love about your blog is how you buy something so much bigger than your actual size and make it so much smaller. How do you make your clothing "smaller"? I really struggle with that! I started sewing a couple of years ago but I have never been really good at alterations. If there is anyway you could tell me how you do what you do? I would love to know! I don't have money to by those high end looks but if I knew how I could find the time!" -M.B- I don't know about you but I've tried on clothes in the dressing room many times and said, "ah, only if this was bigger here, smaller here, tighter here, looser here..." but now that I tailor my own clothes all the time, even if it doesn't fit right, I don't sigh and wish, I just buy it and fix it so it fits just right.
And I think every woman should know how to tailor their own clothes, because instead of saying "oh I wish my body was smaller here, bigger here." to fit certain type of clothing that you try on, you can say instead, "I don't have to conform my body to a certain size, I make the clothes conform to me." and it helps to have a better body image and self confidence when you wear a clothing item that fits you like it was made for your body that fits perfectly and accentuates the positive.
i've struggled with very poor body image and hated my body for many years and that is why I'm more passionate about this and the reason why I want to have my own clothing line one day. to help women have positive body image and accept and love the body that they have instead of wishing and waiting. but we can talk about my business concept later. on black friday, my friend rachel and I went to nordstrom rack, and I SO badly wished I had bought more than just one groupon! because even though some didn't fit right, I saw the potential once it was tailored. here are some things I've tailored this past weekend.
before:

a black lace top that's a little baggy.
after: before: a grey t-shirt dress that's too big.
after:
I sewed the middle of the back of the dress from the neckline to the bottom hem of the dress and used the extra fabric from the back as a tie. I could have sewed the sides but then the flowers on the side would've been sewn over so that is why I tailored the back instead.
you can enlarge the picture to look at the back of the dress in more detail.
before:

a grey plaid dress that I look really silly in.

after:
*and just to clarify, when I say sew along the white lines, I mean from the inside out.
and this dress was possible to sew the sides since it was a back zipper dress. if it was a side zipper, it would've been harder to tailor, and you would have to tailor it from the back middle part like I did with the light grey dress above. that's how I do it anyway. I hope I helped in some way in answering your question M.B! I'll have more tailoring DIY's and tips next week. I usually post my DIY projects on Monday but from now on, I think I'll post them on Tuesday.

22 comments:

  1. hi just wanted to say thanks for this post. i found it really useful and your clothes look amazing. Heather x

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  2. That looks amazing !! The clothes look realy great!

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  3. Thank you for this!
    It really inspired me to taylor myself a few things.

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  4. This is great! Thank you!!! :)

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  5. Thanks for these tips! Do you pin them on yourself while you wear them? I could REALLY use some tips on trying to make the butt & hips smaller in pants. I can sew, but I've never had the guts to do that on my own and it costs a ton to pay someone to do it.

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I have several articles of clothing that need to be altered, your suggestions will definitely help.

    I'd love it if you linked this (along with any other clothing or accessory related posts) up to my Hip for the Holidays link party. I'm celebrating holiday apparel all week long, and you always have fantastic projects. I'd love it if you joined in on the fun.


    http://leafytreetopspot.blogspot.com/p/hip-for-holidays-link-party-and-archive.html

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  7. Thanks for the great tips! I have a stack of old clothes that need a little altering and now I feel a little more motivated! Would love for you to visit me and link up to Made with Love Monday at Sew Chatty! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  8. Thanks for the great ideas! =)

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  9. thank you everyone! @lisa: i don't pin them, i just try it on, pinch the sides and estimate how many inches i need to take off, take it off and sew it. i should've mentioned also that i sew on stitch length 5 at first so if i mess up, i don't need to spend a ton of time unstitching it.

    i would also recommend getting a shirt/dress that has a similar fit to your desire and put it on top of the soon-to-be tailored clothing item and outline it with a marking pen. hope that helps!

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  10. Being a seamstress, your blog link caught my eye on Sugar Bee's blog this morning. I had to come over and visit and all I can say is, Wow! You are quite the talented dressmaker. I've so enjoyed my visit.

    Sherry @ A Happy Valentine

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  11. Thanks so much. I've tried a bit of self tailoring and the results came out kind of wonky, but I'll try again.

    Any tips for altering down a neckline? (Maybe in a future tutorial.)

    Thanks.

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  12. amazing! I just found your blog today & i'm addicted!!! <3 Can't wait to read more!

    xoXOxo

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  13. Hi, I found your link over at Tea Rose Home and added it to my blog as a favorite this week. Thank you for the inspiration! I can't wait to try it!
    www.sewgrown.blogspot.com

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  14. Love all those outfits! So great! New follower via We did it Wed :)

    www.mrsmonaghan.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow! What a difference a little tailoring makes!

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  16. Very good info...and timely for me. I've lost 20 pounds in the past few months and I have some baggy clothes. Some of my pants need altered in the waist! Thanks! ♥

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  17. thanks everyone! and i've been planning on altering a neckline so i'll post that sometime in the future. @lavender dreamer: that is great, good for you!!

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  18. This is a great post. Very helpful and easy to understand. Thank you for linking this!

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  19. this is great thank you so much! You are so beautiful! =0)

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  20. Love this! Blogged about it here: http://swoodsonshoeclips.wordpress.com/2010/12/11/alter-your-own-clothes/

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