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Tailoring Ready-to-Wear: Beyond the Basics

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Tailoring Ready-to-Wear: Beyond the Basics
Turn tricky alterations into tailored sensations. Use advanced alteration techniques to upgrade pants, skirts, dresses and shirts with an impeccable fit.

Join custom clothier and award-winning sewing instructor Angela Wolf as she builds on her Tailoring Ready-to-Wear class with new, more advanced techniques. Learn to alter pants: make flattering adjustments to the behind and taper legs for a look you love. Learn to let out and extend waistbands and discover fixes for uneven hips. Master dress alterations for a petite waist and demystify hemming from the waist. Diagnose and fix a zipper that's bowing in the back, replace a zipper in the front fly and adjust a hidden zipper in a side seam. Plus, hem cuffs for both women's and men's shirts with confidence. Learn the tailoring skills you need to perfect the fit of your entire wardrobe.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Meet your instructor, Angela Wolf, and learn more about the alterations covered in your class.


Lesson 2. Pant Alterations

  • Get your pants into shape with Angela's expert alteration tips. You'll learn to analyze the fit, pin up and mark your changes and rip out seams and restitch, both along side seams and at the rear.


Lesson 3. Waistlines & Waistbands

  • Whether your waistband is crooked because of uneven hips, too loose or too tight, Angela's got you covered. Men's trousers are surprisingly easy to take in or let out, while women's pants are trickier. But you can do it!


Lesson 4. Altering Dresses

  • A dress with a waist seam gives you a lot of alterations options to get the hem just the right length and the bodice fitting well. Angela shows you how to make those alterations and reset any zippers for a perfect silhouette.


Lesson 5. Zippers

  • Don't let a broken zipper get you down! Angela helps you tackle the most common zipper fixes, whether it's a front fly zipper in your favorite shorts, pants or skirt, or an invisible zipper in a garment you're altering.


Lesson 6. Hemming Cuffs on Shirts & Blouses

  • Ready-to-wear shirts often have sleeves that are much too long. Shorten them at the cuff with Angela's step-by-step guidance. She'll show you how to move or shorten the placket and add more pleats if you need them. Her techniques are suitable for both men's and women's shirts.

Praise for Angela Wolf's first tailoring class, Tailoring Ready-to-Wear :

"I am only halfway through the classes and I have already learned so many useful tips to make alterations quicker and easier. I especially liked the jeans hemming techniques and the lengthening pants with bias binding. I am going to apply this technique to the school uniforms I lengthen to get the most wear out of them. Angela is a great teacher and explains what she is doing really clearly."
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