A friend who was getting married earlier this month asked me to do her wedding dress alterations. It was a three part job: hem the front skirts shorter, create a 5-point bustle for the back, and shorten the shoulder straps. The hemming was basic, and the bustling routine, but the shoulders were interesting, and would make a good tutorial.
Just a quick post, today! Sometimes it's fun to make a little change that makes a big difference: this wedding dress was quite a statement five years ago, but had spent too long in the closet, and the lovely lady who owned it wanted to take it out for some more events.
So my learning curve for denim continues! After one washing and drying, my client's three pairs of jeans all shrank -- in length, not girth. He reported that the jeans were now each 1" short, and brought them back for fixing (no charge).
Now, anyone can hem something shorter, but adding length is trickier, especially since jeans have a doubled-over hem with not much extra fabric. In the interest of bringing some good from this annoyance, I present a lesson and a tutorial.
When making jeans for someone, cut them longer than needed and serge (or zig-zag stitch) the bottom. Tell your client to wear and wash a few times, then bring them back for hemming after all the shrinking is done!
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