Alterations Example – Creating A Custom Fit
Sometimes we need to alter a garment to get a better fit. IT can happen when we lose weight. Other times our sewing projects don’t quite measure up to our expectations. Or, you may purchase ready to wear clothing that you love and it needs a bit of fitting to make it more flattering. Simple alterations can help get the job done. It is east to learn how to shorten a sleeveless bodice, and this simple technique and will make a huge difference in how your garment fits.
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Shortening A Sleeveless Bodice
Photo: Before and After Dress
I’ve recently lost some weight and my clothes are getting loose — it’s all good! I would love to keep them around for a bit longer, so I have been altering as many items as I can. You don’t need to be an alterations expert to make simple clothing alterations.
You can see there is a big difference in fit simply by adjusting the shoulder seams. No expert sewing skills needed — this is a beginners sewing alteration hack. It simply involves removing a few inches off the shoulder seams and resewing them. Anyone with a beginner sewing skill level can achieve a custom fit.
There are lots of ways to shorten a bodice on a sleeveless garment, we are exploring one particular fit area on this dress. When a garment fits, you will want to wear it more often. With simple modifications you can achieve a beautiful fitting garment.
Watch the step-by-step demonstration for altering this dress. Additionally, I shortened the sleeve length of the jacket, since it was a seamless scuba fabric — highly skilled tailoring not needed.
Before And After Dress and Jacket
Deer and Doe Belladone Dress
I have made this Deer and Doe Belladone Dress twice. The style has a custom fitted look and works for my body type. Additionally, the opsen back with the cross shoulders is a lovely detail. I spend a lot of time on the original practice garment to give it a made to measure look.
The Vogue 9338 Jacket Pattern is super easy to construct. It has a loose fit, no custom tailoring here. Simple to construct, I love the sleeve detail. I did chop off a good chunk of the bell, and when I make the jacket again, I’ll shorten the sleeve length for a more proportioned look.
Alterations And Tailoring Services
You can certainly hire a professional tailor to create the custom fit you desire. An experienced tailor will most likely offer alteration services.
Altering Your Sleeveless Bodice
If you are timid about cutting into a cherished garment, try practicing on one that doesn’t hold a lot of sentimental value. It is easy to perfect the most common alterations. It is one of the best ways to save money as a sewist. Begin with clothes that require less extensive changes. Sometimes just hemming a dress or pants can change the entire look. You don’t need to be a master seamstress to take in a seam or fix a fallen hem.
Having clothing fit correctly makes a tremendous difference in how you feel. When you have a perfect fit, you will feel great. Now that you know how to shorten a sleeveless bodice, let’s get sewing.
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