Channeling my inner fashion designer
November 23, 2012 9:07 AM Subscribe
What's the most cost-efficient way to hem and dart my shirts? What kind of sewing machine fits my urge to adjust clothing?
posted by sunnychef88 to clothing, beauty, & fashion (10 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I've been hand sewing little alterations to my clothing for a few months now. I don't know much about sewing, but I know how to stitch a simple straight line with close together stitches that seem to hold up for lace collars and side seams to shirts! Problem is, it takes forever for me to hand sew a seam to take in a shirt. I usually just eyeball a garment and mark with a pastel crayon, then stitch along the line. Or, I'll glue stuff in place with E6000, then reinforce it with some stitching. Everything looks pretty good that way. I get compliments on my work, so maybe I have a knack for it?
I read some Mefi threads that don't advise tailoring your own clothing, but I do love to tinker around with the fit of my clothing and add little accents to it. I mostly just taper in the sizes of boxy t shirts and sweatshirts to make them more fitted, add pieces of lace or ribbon, and hem shirts or dresses. Ideally I would be able to create darts for dressier tops (button down and silk, flowy things). I was thinking a machine could save me money as opposed to taking these items to a tailor, but I don't want my alterations to look unprofessional. I would not be making any clothing from scratch - just adjusting store bought items.
Does this sound doable for a busy student, or would I be in over my head with a sewing machine? Is it much more complicated to sew things like darts than it appears to be?