If you're going to sew your own clothes — or even alter store-bought ones — you have to know how to hem. The good news is it's a super easy skill to pick up, as the bottom edge is simply turned up and stitched into place. (Things get more complicated when dealing with extras like lining, a kick pleat or a cuff.) The method below can be used whether you're hemming a dress, a pair of pants, a skirt, a sleeve — anything you put your mind to!
Jeans can be such a conundrum. We want them to fit snugly all over, but too often they fit just right in the hips and legs, only to gape at the waist. Luckily, there is a solution — and it doesn't involve a belt. (Though knowing how to DIY belt loops isn't such a bad idea.)
Do you adjust the sleeve length on a sewing pattern before you cut out a garment? It makes the sewing much simpler — no need to redo shirt cuffs or hems due to a length that's not right.
Do you have a party dress that doesn't quite fit as you would like? Here are a few simple alterations you can make to an existing party dress to make you feel just right at the next holiday gathering.
In fashion, the trendiest width of pant legs has been all across the map, from extreme flares to super skinny. But it looks like the trend for slim or straight-leg pants has staying power!
It’s always a nice touch to have a simple vent at the back or side of a slim fitting dress or skirt. The vent not only makes the garment aesthetically attractive it serves the practical purpose of providing just enough give so the wearer can sit or bend without splitting any seams. The tighter the fit or the less give in the garment fabric the more reason to add vents.