Simon says he thinks people are getting annoyed with/tired of the alteration posts. He thinks perhaps a post about the wide array of my hair volumizing products might be more interesting (I have the most dull and lifeless locks in all of the land). I don't necessarily disagree with him but my bosom friend Jessica asked that I do a little alteration tutorial. I don't say no to bosom friends and agreed to do the tutorials and with all of this typed...I'm sure some people have already closed the window...most understandably.
Here is an American Apparel t-shirt I purchased recently with a Groupon. It is only a teeeeeny bit too loose so I'll only take that in a very little bit. As for the pants...they are obviously from my Nutella hoarding days...
we'll start from the bottom up with the pants. Necessary participants:
scissors (pinking shears are best but I don't have a pair), sharpie, pair of pants to be fixed and pair of pants you would like the pants to emulate/duplicate
begin by laying both pants bottom down (pants to be fixed need to be inside out) on a flat surface:
Use the sharpie to trace the INSIDE of the top pant leg onto the fixer pants:
(I like to give a leeedle bit of space between the tracing and the top pants because you can always fix "too big" but it takes a LOT of seam ripping and cursing to fix "too small")
repeat on other leg
saddle the pants onto the sewing machine TOP of leg first. I start sewing RIGHT where all three seams meet so that I don't pull the back down and make lowwwwww rise pants
slowly pull away from the seem and start following the traced line
and keep going (you can start sewing inward at the knee if you want skinnier pants...or more outward if you want flares)
Repeat on other leg (begin at the meeting of the seams like last time)
Now, cut the excess fabric (where those pinking shears would be nice to avoid fraying)
on both legs
let your very helpful little helper play with scraps:
If they are not sufficiently tailored...repeat process (I had to repeat threeee times...but better than ruining the pants and making them too small with the initial tracing)
and onto the shirt!
fixer shirt, shirt to be copycatted, sharpie and scissors (and sewing machine that is not pictured)
Turn the fixer shirt inside out (muy important), lay the fixer shirt underneath the model shirt and line the collars up as best as possible and trace the top shirt from the BOTTOM of the sleeves down
just like that
head over to your anxious sewing machine and trace the lines...
repeat on other side
cut excess fabric
(again...if too large...repeat and repeat again if necessary)
revel in all your altering glory
Confusing, crystal clear or somewhere in the murky waters in betwixt?