Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
John has an interesting question for us today. See if you agree with my response.
I would always go with pants that are too big. You never know how much the manufacturer is going to leave in a seam allowance. Sometimes, there is just nothing there to let out.
You can alter the crotch/thigh area at the same time, basically. The waist is not difficult. You should use these directions if you need to split the waistband. Otherwise, use the directions for letting out the waistband here. Just make your seamline to the left of the original seam, not the right, as shown. If the pants are facing the way they are in Step Four, the left will take them in, the right will let them out.
I am currently working on a page for altering the thigh. It is on women's pants, but the instructions are the same. Let us know how things go.
Friday, May 20, 2011
First let me thank you for your kind words about my website.
I'd say experience gives you the most confidence. When I first started this business, I was given a pair of jeans that needed a new zipper. I let those things hang there for 2 WEEKS! I didn't know how to start and was petrified of making a mistake. Finally I dove in. Looking back, I should have practiced on an old pair first. But I finally put in the new zipper. It only took me about 2 hours, because I made so many mistakes that I had to rip out!!! Now it takes 20-25 minutes.
So practice on some old clothes first. It will give you a pat on the back to know you've done it. Then the next thing that will improve will be your speed. The more times you do things, the quicker you will finish them. Then your hourly wage will go up because you can do more in one hour than you did last week. I still work at this, even today.
I am putting up the "Shorten Suit Sleeves" page this week, so you may feel more comfortable waiting for that. When you work on something like that, you have 2 sleeves, so look at one while you work on the other. I try not to rip out both at the same time.
Also, use a digital camera. Snap shots of things you do, step by step so you have a record of how to put things back the way you found them.
Good luck and let me know when you get stuck. I'll walk you through it.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
I've been getting so many questions about things that you guys are altering, that I've decided we can all benefit from the answers. Please feel free to offer your own comments that may help our readers.
Our first question comes from My. She writes:
You can certainly remove the zipper and replace it. If you are careful, you can easily reuse the same one. Just remove the old threads. Sometimes a shot of steam from the iron will perk it up, if it is wrinkled.
With the dress on, pinch out the amount of fabric you need to take in. Measure that amount and create a new seam line for the center back. You will need to taper it into the existing seam line down below the zipper, or take in the entire center back seam.
You have three options if the zipper is too short.
1. Buy a longer zipper. It is actually the best if an invisible zipper is 2 or more inches longer than you need.
2. Close up part of the center back seam. Be sure you have enough room to get into the dress with a smaller opening.
3. As you've said, attach a couple of buttons at the neck edge. I always look for way to introduce new design features!
Good luck with the project. Let me know how it turns out.