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Alter a neckline : alterations Red Hook NY 12571

6 Mar

The blouse started with a high curved neckline

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Originally the plan was to make a sweet heart neckline so I cut a paper template for the neck.

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Then used the paper template pinned to the blouse for a guide to baste on my bias tape.

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In the end we opted for a square neck using the same method with this as the end result

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Add length to a shirt by adding a ruffle

14 Feb
Original shirt without ruffle.

Original shirt without ruffle.

The client provided another shirt in the same fabric which I cut into strips 5″ wide and piece together. Then I used my ruffler foot to create a length of ruffled fabric

Ruffler foot

Ruffler foot

Once the ruffle was made I sewed it to the bottom of the original shirt

 

 

With added ruffle

With added ruffle

And hemmed it on the serger using a rolled edge stitch

Hemmed edge

Hemmed edge

 

Spruce up a Simple Dress

22 Nov

I started with this simple dress, with classic  princess seams. But my client wanted to add a little decoration.

A simple princess line dress

A simple princess line dress

This beaded strip was originally designed for a head band.100_3523

I removed each piece from the ribbon strip and hand stitched them on the dress for this effect

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Convert dress from a zippered back to a corset back

30 Sep

Recently I had a bridal party ask me to alter the bridesmaid dresses from a zippered back to a corset back. The reason being that many of the dresses were simply too small.

The gap in the back of most of the dresses.

The gap in the back of most of the dresses.

Several of the dresses needed at least three inches let out. Rather than try to do this through the seam allowances I was asked to take out the zipper and make a corset back.

Finished dress with corset back

Finished dress with corset back

This isn’t the best picture as the dress is only on a hanger, but it gives the general idea. For the corset ties I used leftover fabric from when I hemmed the dresses. Also there is a strip of fabric snapped into the opening (also remnants from the hem).

Altering a Bridesmaid dress that is too small

9 Sep

bridesmaid dress 1These views are before the dress was altered, showing what the dress should have looked like. However it was much to small for the client wearing it. The zipper would not zipper at all. Also the neck line was too high, cutting into the collar bones.

This view with the dress on the dressform gives an idea of how much room was needed in the dress.

This view with the dress on the dressform gives an idea of how much room was needed in the dress.

In order to solve the problem with the high neck line I added several inches in the shoulder seam on either side as shown below.

 

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Thankfully the side seams had a large amount of seam allowance. Therefore with the allowance on the zipper seam and side seams I had just enough to let the dress out. When it was finished it fit perfectly!

Back zipper after alteration

Back zipper after alteration

Shoulder after beading was sewn on
Shoulder after beading was sewn on

Front view on completion

Front view on completion