7 March 2012

Blouse makeover

I mentioned in a previous post that I'd be altering some of my clothes and I was asked to show how I do so. I honestly don't really know what I'm doing but having been inspired by Cotton & Curls (click here for her clothing-alteration tutorials) I thought I'd have a go.

I love this chiffon blouse but it was slightly too big for me and had epic cuffs (they're folded over here).

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I turned it inside out and used safety pins to pin where I planned to take it in. This enabled me to turn it the right way and try it on to make sure it would work okay, without pricking myself. I took it in about an inch at the underside of the sleeve and along the sides, up to the waist.

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I also lopped off the sleeves (you can see here how I pinned the sleeve and where I ultimately sewed it to take it in):

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When I was happy with the fit I took the safety pins out and replaced them with regular pins, for easy removal while I sewed:

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I sewed the seams and hemmed the sleeves. After stitching the seams you can trim off the excess fabric and finish the raw edges with zig-zagging or overlocking (serging) but I just left it on as it is thin fabric.

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Voila! A better fit. Here's a before and after:

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8 comments:

  1. Jen that is too good. You really are perfect in ever way!!! You've inspired me to see if I can alter any of my clothes that are to big! Love you x

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    1. Ha, SO not perfect. Check out the blog I linked above, she is very inspiring.

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  2. Great job! The new look is really nice!

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  3. Great idea!! Thanks for thinking of it!! I will be doing this to some of my favorite blouses that are way to big!! :D

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    1. Let me know how you get on :)

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  4. Great idea about the safety pins - I always stab myself when trying stuff on. If only I had something too big to take in; any tips on letting out? :-D Jude.x

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    1. Ha, I could do with some myself!

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