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Tailoring Ready-to-Wear taught by Angela Wolf

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!

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Here are some details about my project:
Category Sewing
Type Clothing
Sizing Women
Style Casual
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What materials did you use? Purchased jeans

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What are you most proud of? I am proud of the fact that I was able to work out how to alter the depth of the rise and change the shape of the legs without causing the seat to sag or the legs to have unnecessary folds. My legs are not straight up and down and I have misshapen knees from arthritis, so it is hard to show that on a photograph but they are very comfortable and sit smartly.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? I would say that it is a great deal easier to take the scissors to something which is free or doesn't cost much. So start on that type of garment first. I couldn't lose with these .. goodness.. $15.00 for a pair of jeans was amazing and if I had made a big mistake, I still could have used the material and still saved money, so there wasn't any risk. Have a go.

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Great fit on you! I love the concept of finding a great deal and then making it work. Happy camping!

09/09/2013 Flag

Really changes the way you look at ready mades. We will thank you.

09/13/2013 Flag

Great job! I'm so impressed!

09/09/2013 Flag

Thank you. They are very comfortable.

09/13/2013 Flag

Wow! Great job! Did you have to change the side seams and if so what did you do about the stitching and "jean seams"? Was there a rivet at the pocket? I put 2 darts in the back of a pair of jeans and I thought that was ambitious :-)

09/09/2013 Flag

I did change the side seams. I unpicked the top stitching back to the panel insert on the back and cut the whole side down by 1/2 inch, straightened the bottom and also took out 1 1/2 inches from the inside leg and straightened the seam. I didn't replace the rivet I just replaced the top stitching and reinforced that area with a small satin stitch. I used a double thread to topstitch but the inside seams are done using my overlocker/serger.

09/13/2013 Flag

I'm very impressed by your project!! Great job! I am also encouraged to try something too!

09/12/2013 Flag

The information in the courses here make it so easy to work out what to do. Go for it.

09/13/2013 Flag

Your jeans look really good on you. The tapered legs are a flattering cut and the length is perfect. I am also short and wide in the beam, off the rack always looks sloppy on me. Thanks for the details of the tailoring.

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