366) Alterations to Ready-to-Wear Clothing

Learn how to do basic alterations to already made clothing.  Class includes demonstrations and time for students to practice on their own clothing or samples.  Alterations such as taking in the sides of a top, shortening/lengthening hems, taking in/letting out a waistband and making gussets will be covered according to the interests of the students.  $5 handout fee payable to instructor at first class. Must have basic knowledge of sewing clothing.

Supplies Needed:

  • Sewing machine in working order that can do straight and zig-zag stitching, including foot pedal & power cord.
  • Power extension cord
  • Clothing on which to practice alterations - may be your own or a family member's clothes or you can purchase clothing from a thrift store.  Up to 8 alterations may be practiced, although some clothes could be used for more than one.  It is recommended that you wait to purchase any clothing as the teacher will notify students on or before the first class which garments would be most useful.
  • Thread to match the clothing being altered.
  • Some alterations may require fabric scraps to match with the garment being altered.
  • Seam gauge and tape measure.
  • Seam ripper
  • Other basic notions including thread and fabric scissors, pins, and marking pen.

Additional Information:
Masks optional. Use parking lot in rear of building. Site administrator will greet students at back door; please do not arrive more than 15 minutes in advance of class. No food allowed.