How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

 How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

How to take in or let out the sides of a shirt or blouse?

Altering the sides of a shirt or blouse is a common clothing alteration that can greatly improve the fit of your garment. Whether you need to take it in to make it more fitted or let it out to achieve a more comfortable fit, these step-by-step instructions will guide you through the process. Remember, practice makes perfect, so take your time and be patient as you learn this skill.



**Materials You'll Need:**
- Shirt or blouse to be altered
- Sewing machine or needle and thread
- Seam ripper
- Pins
- Measuring tape
- Scissors
- Chalk or fabric marker

**Steps:**

1. **Try on the Garment:** Put on the shirt or blouse and assess the fit. Identify the areas that need to be taken in or let out. Focus on the sides and underarm areas, as these are the most common adjustment points.

 

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2. **Prepare the Shirt:**
- Turn the shirt inside out.
- Use a seam ripper to carefully remove the stitching on the side seams. Start from the hem and work your way up to just below the armhole. This will give you access to the seams for alterations.

3. **Measure and Pin:**
- Put the shirt on inside out again and adjust the fit according to your needs. If you're taking in, pinch the excess fabric along the side seams and use pins to mark the new seam line. If you're letting out, do the same by easing the fabric open and pinning where the extra space is needed.

4. **Mark the New Seam Line:**
- Carefully remove the shirt while keeping the pins in place.
- Use a measuring tape and fabric chalk or marker to mark the new seam line. Make sure it's consistent from the underarm to the hem.

 

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5. **Sew the New Seam:**
- Lay the shirt flat and align the pinned edges along the marked seam line.
- Using a sewing machine or hand stitching, sew along the new seam line you've marked. Use a straight stitch for woven fabrics and a stretch stitch for knits to ensure the seam remains flexible.

6. **Check the Fit:**
- Put the shirt on to check the alterations. Make sure it fits comfortably and looks well-fitted.
- If any further adjustments are needed, you can easily undo the stitching and try again.

7. **Trim Excess Fabric:**
- Once you're satisfied with the fit, trim the excess fabric on the side of the new seam, leaving a small seam allowance of about ½ inch (1.27 cm).

8. **Finish the Raw Edges:**
- To prevent fraying, finish the raw edges of the new seam by either using a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine or using pinking shears to trim the edges.

9. **Press the Seam:**
- Press the seam open with an iron. This will help the altered seam lie flat and give the garment a professional finish.

10. **Try On and Finalize:**
- Put the shirt on one last time to ensure the alterations are comfortable and accurate.
- Make any final adjustments if necessary.

11. **Hem and Finish:**
- If you altered the length of the shirt while adjusting the sides, make sure to hem it according to your desired length.

12. **Press Again:**
- Give the altered shirt a final press with the iron to set the stitches and smooth out any wrinkles.

Congratulations! You've successfully altered the sides of your shirt or blouse to achieve the desired fit. Remember that practice makes perfect, and as you gain more experience, you'll become more comfortable with different alteration techniques.

 

 

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1 comment

Love seeing the great creation, but my machine is out of service so can’t share.

Joan Chambers

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