How did I not realize this sooner?!
Being rather um, petite, I grew up with my mom or aunt or some other female relative hemming my new pants, dresses, and whatever else I may have so that it fit me better, and mainly, didn’t drag on the ground. I sort of learned some basics. I’ve been able to make really simple hems by hand in the past but they take so damn long to do that way! For a while I’ve been toying with getting a sewing machine but have been to cheap to really go into the expense.
Well, I finally got myself one, after having spent about $36 just on two simple alterations this last December. It finally hit me how much money I could have been saving if I just learned to do it myself, with the proper equipment. So yeah, I got the Singer 4423 at an amazing deal on Amazon earlier this month, and have been playing with simple hemming, and alterations these past two weeks — and I LOVE the results!
My first week, I took a dress I had of some very friendly (ie. not too delicate and scary to deal with for a sewing newb) cotton material dress and shortened the skirt on it. I hadn’t been able to wear it dancing yet because it was way too long and made me look stumpy short in my Keds.
Next I took an old jumper dress I haven’t worn in forever because the top was always large on me (I don’t have a long torso), and shortened the straps on it so it didn’t poof out unattractively at the bust. I probably won’t be wearing this dress, since it’s so old and out of style, but it was great practice.
Then I got super excited at the prospect that someday I might be able to make my own clothes to fit perfectly all around, and not just fix up individual problem areas. So I found this beautiful vintage inspired dress pattern and bought it right away. I have a list of the materials I’ll need once I’ve learned enough of my basics to take on this project. I’m also logging all of the posts of a vintage fashion blogger as she conducts a sew-along of this dress so I have added guidance when I need it. I’m so excited.
Finally, yesterday I snagged a rare find — a Stop Staring brand vintage dress for only $30! (See my previous post for more details on how this came about) But the dress was originally waaay too long on me. I”m only 4’10” after all. I have short legs. Luckily, the torso needs no adjusting. But the skirt was a challenge. I was very very careful today as I measured, marked, cut, and re-sewed the bottom flare up about 4 inches on the skirt. And voila! It worked! I actually did it!
Here’s a rather poor quality photo of the end product. I kind of wish now I had taken a “before” shot to show just how long the skirt landed on me. Imagine the lowest edge being somewhere around the middle of my calves or just below them. Can’t wait to wear my new dress!