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Ministry of Craft Blog

    Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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    Clothing Customisation


    Clothing Customisation

    It is so rewarding to have the sewing skills to not only make garments from scratch you like and that fit but to also be able to make changes to existing garments. Customisation (or hacking as it is more recently called) can mean just adjusting the length, changing the shape......

    ........or it could be making a completely different style using just the fabric from other garments. 

    I don’t often buy from the high street these days but every now and again something may catch my eye when I am browsing in a charity shop or shopping for the kids. It may be the fabric design or a styling detail and in this particular case, it was both. I loved the colours in the fabric and the tied knot detail under the bust, however, the length and the width of the sleeves didn’t work for me, but I knew with a bit of customisation, all would be well.

    I unpicked the hem of the sleeve and marked the new sleeve width at the underarm seam.

    I overlocked the new underarm seams and stitched the sleeve hems back in place.

    Next, the length was reduced changing it from a dress to a top. 

    Instead of trying to hem the new length, I cut a strip of fabric from the discarded fabric and attached it as a band to the bottom of the top. 

    It gave a much better finish than a regular hem on a stretch fabric (they tend to roll up). In industry a cover stitch machine is used to hem stretch garments, there is a domestic machine available but not something I have unfortunately.

    It was tricky matching up the stripes on the band with the ones of the top but I think I did ok!

    Voila! This is a garment I would like to copy on Clone your Closet but I know that knot detail is not going to be easy!



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