Six Tips To Basic Alterations

Alterations are necessary because most people don't fit "off the rack clothes". Whoever designs clothing has a specific size and shape in mind, and the average person doesn't fit the specs.

As a result, when you buy something, the waist might be great but the bust is wrong, or the length of the pants is too long.

Here are a few alteration tips that will make your life easier.

Tip #1: It's always easier to take something in than to let it out. When in doubt, get the next size larger.

Tip #2: It's always easier to hem something (dress, skirt, slacks, etc.) than to add length. Buy longer.

Tip# 3: Don't buy something just because it's on sale. If there is another outfit that fits a whole lot better, it is often cheaper to buy the more expensive outfit than to buy the one that's on sale and then have to ask your seamstress to remake the entire garment.

Tip #4: Always ask your alterations expert if they've tackled the task you need done previously. If they haven't, you may want to shop around.

Tip #5: You usually get what you pay for. You might find someone in your neighborhood who will hem your slacks for $5.00, but you might have just ruined a $100 pair of slacks doing so. You don't have to choose the most expensive one, but you shouldn't choose the least expensive one either.

Tip #6: If you need alterations done on heavy material (denim), like hemming jeans or shortening the sleeves on a denim jacket, make sure the person doing these alterations has a machine that is capable of handling the job. Some pros only work on fine fabrics while other pros will work on any fabric. It's always a good idea to ask.



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