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.
All sewers, at some time or another, will have to hem something — a dress, a pair of pants, sleeve or skirt. It’s just inevitable. Whether finishing a homemade garment or altering a store-bought one, knowing the proper way to hem is an important life skill for anyone to have. It will save you tons of money on alterations and, the good news; it’s pretty easy to do. The hardest part will be figuring out where you want the hem to be in the first place! Hems Hems What complicate any hemming task are the extras, like lining, a kick pleat, or a cuff on a pair of pants. For today, we’ll tackle just a plain hem, or in other words a hem that has no interruptions. The bottom edge is simply turned up and stitched, or hemmed, in place. But, even here some things need to be considered which have mostly to do with the garment fabric itself. The cut or raw edge of the turned up hem edge must be finished in some way to produce a clean appearance on the underside of the garment and no bleed or bump on the public or right side. The type of fabric will determine which way the edge should be finished.