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Tailoring Ready-to-Wear

with Angela Wolf
Tailoring Ready-to-Wear
Let designer Angela Wolf show you the tailoring techniques she used to start a successful alterations business and get a custom fit for all the clothes in your closet!

Ready-to-wear shouldn't be "ready-to-swear." Learn to make your own alterations to store-bought clothing, including lengthening and shortening hems, altering waistbands, replacing zippers, tapering tops and more. After Angela shows you how to alter garments like a pro, your friends will inevitably start asking where you buy your clothes.

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Lesson plan


Lesson 1. Introduction

  • Designer Angela Wolf goes over what you'll be learning in this class.


Lesson 2. Hemming Pants

  • Mark and correct pant hemlines, finish edges and make blind hems.


Lesson 3. Lengthening Pants

  • Angela gives you her pant lengthening tips, including adding bias tape, and teaches you how to topstitch like a pro.


Lesson 4. Hemming Jeans

  • Learn to hem, topstitch and add distress marks to your jeans.


Lesson 5. Skirts

  • Add a rolled hem and make hip alterations to your skirts (including vented skirts).


Lesson 6. Taking in the Waistline

  • Angela shows you how to create a curved dart, reattach a belt loop and more.


Lesson 7. Knit Tops & T-Shirts

  • Mark, pin and stitch your way to a perfect, tailored top.


Lesson 8. Altering Shoulders & Armholes

  • Learn about understitching and alter side seams and shoulder straps.


Lesson 9. Sleeve Length on a Jacket

  • Deconstruct a jacket sleeve and learn to add fusible interfacing, adjust the lining and alter the vent.


Lesson 10. Hidden Zippers

  • Learn zipper basics, to use a zipper foot, to create hidden zippers and more.

"I just signed up for this class today and the tips I've learned I've already put into practice on the same day. There's simply so much valuable information that you can not only use to make alterations to ready-to-wear garments but it will also help you with your sewing skills overall!"
avatar - Chris Lucas
Port Hedland, West Australia

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