You could hire an expensive tailor, you could ask your friend or you could even send them off to your mother, but why do those things when you could actually do it yourself.
Altering your own clothes can be fun.
Really! I promise!
Plus, no matter what your body size or shape, when your clothes fit just right, you’ll feel like a million bucks.
Click here for 14 easy ways to alter your clothes.
And since I haven’t had a giveaway in awhile, I’d like to give away another Refashion Handbook to someone who takes the time to check out this article, make a comment and pin it to one of their Pinterest boards. I’ll announce the winner next week.
Awesome tips! Fixing hems on jeans that are too long, and gaposis are issues I have. I’m going to try both these tips. Thanks!
I’m so happy that you found a few tips that will be helpful to you. Have fun!
I am soooo excited that I found your website. You have such great ideas. Thanks soooo much for sharing.
You are so very welcome, Chimene. It’s fun for me to get people excited about sewing.
Love your ideas and directions. Found you on pinterest last week. I pinned and commented as per your directions. Thanks for the contest. Would love your book.
Thanks for commenting, pinning and your words of encouragement, JC!
Thanks – great reminder on ways to re-look at your wardrobe. I’m going to try the lace inset on some too-tight sleeves. Hope I win so I can get even more new ideas!
Great idea, Marianne!
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Wonderful tips & tricks! I’ve been sewing for quite awhile, although I haven’t been active in it for a few years. Made clothes for my children and grandchildren, costumes for plays—- but today you taught me some new tricks!!!! I love it, you’ve inspired me to dust off that sewing machine again. I have taught a couple of granddaughters the basics in sewing, but they will love this! I will pass this on to them. Thank you!
Your granddaughters are lucky girls to have a grandma that will teach them how to sew! Have fun with them, Diana!
This is great and very timely as I have a pile of things of clothes that either need to be altered or thrown out. Thank you.
I’m so happy that this will be helpful to you, Sue!!
My favorite alteration? I’m 5’10”. Talls are generally slightly too long and average are definitely too short, so I’ll be making my own alterations to my pants now. Thanks!!
That’s great, Charity! Thanks for your nice comment.
Wow – thanks for your tips – you are amazing!
Thank you, Teri! I love making sewing more fun for people. Have a great day!
I have several pairs of jeans that, sadly, will not button. I was going to donate them but after reading this article, I think if I take my time and follow your instructions, I can do this! Thanks for the article.
You are so very welcome, I’m happy that this tip will be useful for you.
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Love these ideas. Instructions are so clear and easy to follow. On my way out to buy fabric for gussets to resize several pair of colored jeans. Will check out this blog often for new ideas. Thanks!!!
Have fun Pam!!! I’d love to see your jeans when you finish. 🙂
I really enjoy reading about all your refashions and for the past year yours is the first blog I check everyday. I can feel your enthusiasm and passion coming through my iPad. I just joined Pinterest and of course you are on my restyle board. Thank you for all the great ideas.
Awwwwwww, thanks for brightening my day, Gail!
Article read, commented on, and pinned for future reference!
Thank you Lizzy!
Wow Beth!! this is just what I need! Everyone of this alterations is something I can use. I love making ‘just alright’ clothes look stunning. Thanks for you help.
It makes me so happy to know that you’ll be able to use the ideas from this article. I love making sewing more fun for you. 🙂
Thank for some simple fixes and repairs. I now have time to tackle the repair box of clothes.
You’re so very welcome, Alice. Thank YOU for your nice comment!
I’d love to learn how to use these tutorials. I always see clothes at resale shops I could fix up!
Hi Katie Ann. I hope you get a chance to try some of these ideas some day. 🙂
I pinned the tutorial about how to “fit” a denim jacket. It will go in my long list of things to do, though right now I am working on a pirate costume!
How fun– a pirate costume! That’s what I’ve been working on, too. I made mine from all second hand finds. I’d love to see your costume sometime. 🙂
Some useful ideas, I will have to have a go. Definitely pinning, not just for the contest, but for future reference! 🙂
Thanks for pinning!!!!
Thank you Beth for such awesome tutorials. Even a novice sewer like me can accomplish these (or at least have the courage to try!).
Oh, I do hope you’ll give it a try sometime Stephanie. You just might surprise yourself!
I love all the ideals to altering .I have a ton clothes that needs to be done the hem on the jeans I really will wear that out . the t shirt neck altering I really will do that also . I liked all of you ideals and thank you fo r your time to teach how do alterations properly.
You are so very welcome, Shirley! I love making sewing more fun for you!
Have only just found your site via Pinterest and have pined quite a few already. Some wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing them
Thank YOU for your nice comment, Maria! It makes me happy to make sewing more fun for you.
Love the idea of findinf clothes secind hand and making them fit you. Perfect
Have fun Jennifer!
Oh yes — first tip to try — make those jeans bigger in the waist. My jeans? oh no … just to practice hahaha Thanks!
I’ve been researching refashioning and found your blog! I have a ton of things I want to learn~
Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help, Kathy!
Thanks for the great alteration tips. This is a post I will be bookmarking for future reference. Thanks!
I’m so happy that you found this helpful, Nancy! Happy Alterations!!!
Just found your blog on Pinterest, looking forward to trying some of your refashion ideas.
Hi Felicia, I’d love to see your creations!
Fantastic ideas you are an inspiration x
Thank you, Alison!
I think I read most all of those ideas. Wonderful! I know how to do most of them, but you gave me a few pointers I hadn’t thought of before. Thanks.
Read, commented, pinned, and hoping I’ll win. 😀
Just found you on Pinterest. I had seen some of your work before but never found your blog! This is awesome I hope that I pinned to my page correctly I would love a chance to win your book! I have just started to refashion and these tips are hopefuly going to help get me off to a great start/!!!
You are my alteration angel! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful makeovers. The tutorials are so easy to follow. I love the tutorial on turning a crew neck into a v-neck! To think of how many pretty T-shirts I have passed up because they had a crew neck, no more. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I have a whole closet of pretty things that could use your help. Thank you so much for the chance to win your awesome book!
Send it to your momma? No ma’am! This past Tuesday, my 13-year old son asked me to mend a hole in his sock, and instead of mending it, I taught him how to do it himself. So once again, the timeliness of this post is astonishing!
Just came across your blog. So glad I did. Great tutorials and ideas.
I love this blog and I am just stating to refashion some clothing! I found a dress form at my local thrift store for $60 and I bought it up! I can’t wait to learn more……
Like this a lot…I want more info…you areGood!!!
Thank you so much Lucy!