48/100: 100 Days of Making

48/100: 100 Days of Making

Improving the fit!

This is a quick garment makeover, but what an improvement! I’ve just done one side so far so you can see the difference. I bought this top a few years ago… it was on sale and all my favourite colours. But it was too big so I took it in. I’ve worn it a few times, but, in reality, it was still too big and there was way too much material in the sleeves, which were too long and I felt like they dwarfed the proportions of the rest of the top.

After I wore it to the movies last night I thought, right, tomorrow I am making you fit properly. Here is my process: 1. I neatly cut off the cuff including another 8cms of fabric. 2. I pinned in the side seams until I was happy with the fit and then stitched the new side seams and overlocked. 3. I folded up another 4cms of the sleeve for the hem after overlooking the raw edge. 4. I stitched the sleeve hem. Done!!!

I am really happy with this now and can see myself wearing it much more frequently.

About the Author:

Julie runs most of the workshops at Ministry of Handmade. Over the years she has studied design, knitted, crocheted, made quilts, recovered lounge suites, renovated four houses, made furniture, refurbished lampshades, made curtains, done clothing alterations for boutiques, spun wool, assembled short runs of garments for award winning fashion designers, themed events and published books.

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