The Occasional Woman — Alterations

| Jun 15, 2015
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Hello Darling Readers! I hope you are all weathering the heat like ladies. And always remember — horses sweat, men perspire, and ladies . . . just glow.

alterationsIf you are a regular reader of this column, you have probably noticed that I often mention “well-fitting clothes.” It is not an accident. Besides making theatrical costumes, I quilt and I make special outfits, mostly for persons who have trouble acquiring good-looking clothing at regular places. And I also do ALTERATIONS!

Now, you may be asking yourself several questions; Can anything be altered? Is it painful? Is it expensive? What is the gravid weight of a South American swallow? [Editor’s Note: This depends on the age of the bird.]

Let me help you. Here are some fun alteration facts.

Many things can be altered. Skirts can be shortened, dresses and pants can generally be shortened, but not often lengthened. The same applies to “taking them in,” i. e., making them tighter. Making them looser is a gamble-there may not be enough room left in the existing seams to “let them out.” I can sometimes match the fabric and thus “embiggen” an article of clothing, but not always. One service I can provide is making a copy of the pattern and building you a whole new version of a beloved ratty item!

sewingLet’s move on to coats and jackets. Shoulders are another area of potential alteration. They can often be made smaller, but not usually larger; if there’s something you love but it does not fit in the shoulder area, see if you can acquire it in the next size up — the body of the jacket is easier to alter than the shoulders. And those “line-backer” shoulder pads? There’s a problem; if removed, the shoulders can saaaaag, and just look pitiful.

Sleeves — these can usually be shortened. If there is a substantial cuff, it can generally be let down, but I would have to see and fondle it to be sure.

alterations02I have bought myself long dresses that were a bit tight, cut the length off and used it to enlarge the dress and removed sleeves from a tight top or blouse to add to the side seams — why? Because I can.

So if you are looking for the perfect dress, and it fits well but is too long — I can help you. If it is too tight, or too loose, I would give you my opinion and a fair price. I see my lovely clients in my home, by appointment. I have a cat, but she won’t bother you unless you don’t like cats. And if you have your heart set on a fabulous dress, then bring me a picture or draw one and I will take you fabric shopping and will create you a one-of-a-kind dazzler! The world is your oyster!!

And no, it is not very painful.

Have a grand week and rest of the summer!

Lorraine Anderson
The Occasional Woman

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I am a native Californian who has been based in the Philadelphia area since 1984. My first CD fashion creation was a gold lamé dress for the now esteemed editor of this publication. Since then I have made tons of fabulous frocks and other fashion apparel for the crossdressing and transgender community. Contact me for custom clothing or alterations via email: Visit my Facebook page, @alterationsbylorraine

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