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Altering Skirts And Trousers

Sometimes we need to alter our existing clothes for better fitting. With a little know how about dress alteration one can easily alter their dress by themselves. Here we will discuss about altering skirts and trousers. Read on to get simple tips regarding skirts and trousers alteration.

Giver below is the simple steps for altering skirts and trousers:

1) The fist simple step is that before any new hemline you should let down existing hem if necessary.

2) Alteration for skirts and trousers, you should allow 4 cm (1 ½”), that will be pressed into a narrow double hem.

3) Considering about the hand stitched blind hem method, full skirts, requires narrower hem of 2.5 cm ((1”). However, if you prefer machine narrow hem in which case 6-10 mm (1/4 - 3/8”) is all that is needed.

4) About methods of altering skirts and trousers, you have to measure up from the existing line and mark a new cutting line by using cloth marking pencil or chalk. For instance, for altering trousers require shortening by 9 cm (3 ½”). However, the hem allowance needed is 4 cm (1 ½). You need mark a new cutting line by measuring up from the existing hem 5 cm 2”. Then you have to carefully trim away the surplus fabric.

5) The next step for altering skirts and trousers is to prepare the hem with the help of the methods Over lock the raw edges using an over locker or an overcast machine stitch.

6) Then you have to separate the side seam before ovelocking and later you can re-sew the seams. Cutting bias of lining or cotton lawn for applying custom made bias using the tape maker.

7) Following the steps for altering skirts as well as trousers, you can now press up the hem allowance of the hem with the help of sewing gauge set at the required amount. Adjust iron at a temperature compatible with the fabrics. You can also use a press cloth or an iron shoe.

8) For altering skirts and trousers, a point pressure and clapper will be a useful tool.

9) Then you can finish the hem by hand sewing with the help of blind hem or locking stitch.

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