Sewing 101: 14 Basic Sewing Alterations You Can Do Yourself

 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.

The Refashion Handbook

Happy alterations!


About The Renegade Seamstress

I'm a busy wife, mom, grandma, and teacher who loves to create. I've joined the refashion scene and I 'd like to share and connect with all those talented and creative people out there doing similar things.
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63 Responses to Sewing 101: 14 Basic Sewing Alterations You Can Do Yourself

  1. 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!

  2. Chimene Suer says:

    I am soooo excited that I found your website. You have such great ideas. Thanks soooo much for sharing.

  3. JC Alexander says:

    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.

  4. Marianne says:

    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!

  5. micaelabeth says:

    I have nominated you for a Blog Recognition Award because you are awesome! Check out the details on my blog: Do not feel pressured to participate just wanted to let you know you were nominated.

  6. Diana jacobson says:

    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!

  7. Sue says:

    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.

  8. Charity says:

    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!!

  9. Terri suter says:

    Wow – thanks for your tips – you are amazing!

  10. msplumball says:

    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.

  11. says:

    Hi, was unab

  12. Pam Gardner says:

    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!!!

  13. Gail M says:

    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.

  14. lizzy says:

    Article read, commented on, and pinned for future reference!

  15. karen says:

    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.

  16. Alice Heppner says:

    Thank for some simple fixes and repairs. I now have time to tackle the repair box of clothes.

  17. Katie Ann says:

    I’d love to learn how to use these tutorials. I always see clothes at resale shops I could fix up!

  18. 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!

  19. knotrune says:

    Some useful ideas, I will have to have a go. Definitely pinning, not just for the contest, but for future reference! 🙂

  20. Stephanie says:

    Thank you Beth for such awesome tutorials. Even a novice sewer like me can accomplish these (or at least have the courage to try!).

  21. shirley evans says:

    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.

  22. Maria says:

    Have only just found your site via Pinterest and have pined quite a few already. Some wonderful ideas. Thank you for sharing them

  23. Jennifer Pereira says:

    Love the idea of findinf clothes secind hand and making them fit you. Perfect

  24. Brenda Melahn says:

    Oh yes — first tip to try — make those jeans bigger in the waist. My jeans? oh no … just to practice hahaha Thanks!

  25. Kathy says:

    I’ve been researching refashioning and found your blog! I have a ton of things I want to learn~

  26. Nancy Morehouse says:

    Thanks for the great alteration tips. This is a post I will be bookmarking for future reference. Thanks!

  27. Felicia says:

    Just found your blog on Pinterest, looking forward to trying some of your refashion ideas.

  28. Alison says:

    Fantastic ideas you are an inspiration x

  29. Jean C. says:

    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.

  30. Rachel says:

    Read, commented, pinned, and hoping I’ll win. 😀

  31. Denise says:

    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/!!!

  32. 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!
    Pam Danner

  33. 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!

  34. bluegrassnash says:

    Just came across your blog. So glad I did. Great tutorials and ideas.

  35. Darlyn Shenold says:

    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……

  36. Lucy L Ogbomah says:

    Like this a lot…I want more info…you areGood!!!

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