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Altered Clothing: Hip Fixes and Transformations with a by Kathleen Maggio

By Kathleen Maggio

A treasure for sewers, crafters, and artistic fashionistas.
Sewing, like any of family arts, is experiencing a renaissance of curiosity, specially for the "DIY Generation". This new and growing to be workforce strives for individuality and the pride of donning customized clothing that make a private assertion. Altered garments is a set of principles and tasks that offer the assets and proposal for developing own model from latest, used, and classic garments and materials. instead of having to discard a favourite pair of denims simply because they only are worn via or are reduce unsuitable, this publication presents inventive redesigns. instead of purchase new mass produced models, it's easy and reasonably priced to take what you have already got on your closet and create not just a manner assertion, yet a political assertion. With wisdom of a few easy stitching strategy (barely worthwhile with today's on hand technology), someone can flip previous garments into new favorites with a bit artistic concept and embellishment. So basic that even easy mending projects can turn into style possibilities.

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Sew the ribbon in place, starting at the back of the neck (B and C). Don’t sew the 1⁄4" (6 mm) extensions at center back. Stitching toward the hem, puddle the sweater around the area being stitched. Imagine you are sewing the inside of a tube. Pull the excess fabric out of the way as you stitch (D). Trim the ribbon ends flush with the hem edge. Start cutting from the hem, going up the center front between the ribbons (E). Trim off the small wedge of sweater at the base of the V-neck. At center back, overlap and machine sew the ribbon extensions in place.

In the case of sweaters such as this one, the seams are too fine to open. Divide the sleeve circumference into quarters. 8 cm) 56 Altered Clothing • Provision TB 12:05 PM Page 57 B A C D E F Altered Clothing • Provision TB P RO J E C T S 1/11/07 SECTION 2 AC 050-071_ 57 A LT E R E D C L OT H I N G AC 050-071_ 1/11/07 12:05 PM Page 58 AFTER 58 Altered Clothing • Provision TB 12:05 PM Page 59 TIERED SKIRT TO STYLISH SUNDRESS The tiered shape of this skirt is created with rows of elastic thread. Its length, though, is too long for someone under 5' 5" (165 cm) tall.

7. 8. as you sew. Hold the fabric taut, almost stretching it, as you sew, to prevent puckering. If you find there’s a lot of puckering, loosen the needle tension another setting. To dye the sample swatch, use a small amount of the dye and carefully follow the manufacturer’s instructions. It’s a good idea to wear rubber gloves and safety glasses during the process, to shield you from any skin irritation. When the sample is dry, check the results. If you’re pleased with how it looks, you are ready to work on the real thing.

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