If you have clothes that are too big for you and need to make alterations so that they will fit properly, it is important that you know how to do so. Making clothes tighter is a much easier process than letting them out, but you will still have to follow some specific instructions to do so successfully and without any issues whatsoever.
Before you begin altering your clothes you will need to make sure that you have all the necessary tools and supplies. The tools and supplies that are required for taking in clothes include an iron, sewing machine, a pair of small scissors, tape measure, ruler, tailor’s chalk, pins, and needle and thread.
In order to get a really good fit with clothes that are too large, you will need to start by removing the stitching from the seam. Try the clothes on and get someone else to pin or baste the seems into the correct position for you.
Make sure that you cut off all the excess fabric if necessary and restitch the seams as marked, curving them into the old seams so they line up perfectly.
Do not take in all of the existing seams, because if the clothes fit unevenly, doing a poor job of altering them will not help at all. Take off all the affected seams, try on the clothes, and pin or baste. Restitch the seams in the new position and adjust as needed.
If you need to take in a shirt or dress, you may have to remove the sleeves as well as make some adjustments to the side seams. In order to prevent the sleeves from changing shape, you will want to open up the side seam to the waist and make a pattern of the arm hole.
Make sure to mark the sleeves as you are removing them so you can replace them accurately. After you have adjusted the seams of the clothes, use the pattern to cut the arm hole to its original shape. Restitch the side seams and replace the sleeves.
It is highly recommended that you use the services of a professional tailor if you are dealing with complicated garments like suits or things that are more than a couple layers thick. If the clothes you want to take in are very costly, you will definitely want to leave this type of work to a professional so as to avoid ruining them.
You will also want to make sure that you have a quality sewing machine, because otherwise you could end up damaging the clothes you are trying to take in. A decent sewing machine can be purchased for around $200, and it is important to keep in mind that you get what you pay for.