DRESS TO IMPRESS – ALTERATIONS CAN MAKE THE DIFFERENCE

Hello Everyone

Let me to tell you today how Alterations can achieve a perfect fit – and save you money too!

To achieve a perfect fit, alterations are often necessary. However, alterations should be considered mainly for the following: to shorten a garment, the lengthen skirts or pants, or sleeves; or to take in the waist (when this is done the most you can take in without damaging the style is 1/12 to 2 inches. When shortening a jacket, skirt or trousers, have the new hem pinned completely and then try the garment on again to see if it is the correct length (which you can not see when only a few inches are pinned up). Also check it the alteration does not disturb the proportions. For example, if you have a jacket shortened, be sure the pockets are not too close to the edge of the jacket.

Unless you ae a very good seamstress, have alterations done by an expert (every Dry Cleaner has one).This is especially true for hems; a badly done one can spoil a garment, and a hem should never be wider than 2 inches – 1 – 1 1/2 is preferable.

When letting out a hem or sleeve, make sure that the fabric will not retain crease marks from the earlier length. Velvet, synthetic knits, satin, silk and sometimes even cotton tend to do this. with wool and gabardine on the other hand, the marks are easily removed with pressing.

Very important – if the alteration comes close to remaking the garment, I do advise against it, because it will affect the style and never look right.

How you can save money through alterations? – by looking in your wardrobe to find the garments that could be brought up-to-date by altering them: a coat becomes a jacket; a jacket becomes a vest by taking out the sleeves; shortening a skirt to be the length that is worn this season — or have you lost weight and some of your too big clothes can be taken in?

Having talked about fit, of which alterations are an important part, here are a few more points:

1. Fitness and fit go together. What I mean is the better the shape of our body, the tighter  the clothes you can wear.

2. A heavier person will look slimmer in slightly looser clothes.

3. To test how good a fit is, see how a garment moves with you: sit down in it, bend in it, and walk in it. A good fit should be rather smooth in all positions.

4. Consider whether you want to wear a garment under or over something else. A coat, obviously has to be roomy enough to fit over a jacket. A sweater to be worn under a jacket or a nother sweater can not be too bulky.

5. When it comes to pants and skirts you must decide what shoes you will wear with the garment. Its length can of course be changed, but it is better to find the right length without bothering with alterations – neither too long or too short could be called a perfect fit.

Until the next time I wish you a Happy Weekend

                           STAY WELL AND LOOK YOUR BEST

                                         Brigitte               

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Author: Brigitte Nioche

Author of Living Longer, Living Well - How to Embrace the Challenges of a Long Life. Other titles - Dress to Impress, The Sensual Dresser, What Turns Men On.

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