This week’s DIY really ties in with last week’s Alterations 101 post. I mentioned that I often buy pieces that are too big for me and that was definitely true last year I went to New York City for vacation with the fam and hit up a few sample sales and picked up this gem for $7! I thought it’d be fun to share before and after photos of this alteration that could have cost me ten times as much as I paid for the dress and share some more tips on altering your own clothes.
Sometimes it can be scary to make the first cut because you don’t want to mess up the piece and have to scrap the entire thing.
- Double check your measurements and don’t forget to add seam allowances. Even triple check it before cutting!
- Ironing is your friend. It may feel like it doubles the amount of time it takes to finish your piece, but ironing is essential to sewing almost as much as the sewing machine itself.
- Thread your pins through twice. It secures it in place much better than pinning it once. You’ll thank me once you start sewing.
- Working with lining and slippery fabric can be tricky. I learned from Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing the trick with using tissue paper. It’s a definite game changer!
I am so excited to be wearing these pieces all through spring and summer. I can’t get over how cool the hem detailing is!