How to Alter a Dress: 8 Tutorials for the Perfect Fit

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How to Alter a Dress - Free Dress Patterns and Tutorials


Tailor your prom dress or just make a skirt shorter. Make a dress from scratch or shape an existing dress to meet your needs with the free tutorials in the slides ahead.

Free dress patterns: Use these free dress patterns to create your own ballroom or tearoom creations...

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Put a Slit in a Skirt


Give your skirt a sexy look with slits in the sides.This is a great way to refresh an old skirt, or to spice up a drab skirt. You can even use a side slit to give your hips a bit more room. Simply follow these easy instructions...

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Shorten a Skirt

DIY Skirt Alterations
DIY Skirt Alterations. Getty Images

Why would you shorten a skirt? Some skirts were meant to be shorter, and old skirts with frayed bottoms can be turned into sexy styles. Refresh an old skirt by giving it a new look. Learn how to make your skirt a few inches shorter with these quick and easy instructions...

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Make a Dress Larger


A dress that is too big doesn't look good no matter how nice the material is. The secret is that the seams of dresses are hiding extra material that can be used to enlarge your dress. Learn how to make a dress larger by adjusting the seams in this quick tutorial...

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Make a Dress Smaller

Make a dress smaller
Learn how to take in a dress to make it smaller. Photo: Getty/Betsie Van der Meer

Sometimes that perfect dress isn't the perfect size. A baggy dress won't look right, no matter what designer is on the label. You don't have to be a professional seamstress to fix this problem. Adjust a dress to make is smaller with these easy instructions...

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Fix a Broken Zipper

DIY Zipper Repair
Learn 5 ways to fix a broken zipper.

How to repair a broken zipper. Sometimes the teeth on a zipper don’t line up right, causing the zipper to catch. At this point, most people will get rid of the entire garment. What a shame, because this is such an easy fix! Follow these basic instructions to easily fix your zipper...

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Mend a Ripped Seam

Mend a ripped seam
Learn to fix a ripped seam with this quick tutorial. Getty Images

Mending a seam is so quick and easy that it should never be a reason for tossing out your clothes. A seam will rip under stress, but that doesn’t mean that the fabric is damaged. All you need to do is replace the thread. Follow these easy steps to suture your ripped seam....

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Fix a Torn Lining

Fix a torn lining
Fix a torn lining with this quick tutorial. Getty Images

 Clothes that have linings tend to be more expensive to purchase. Knowing how to mend a lining can save you some solid cash. Luckily, a torn lining is easy to fix! Use these easy step-by-step instructions to mend a lining.

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DIY Prom Dresses, Jewelry and Accessories

Duct tape prom dress
Duct tape prom dress tutorials and more.

Prom can really take a bite out of your budget. But do you have to spend wads of cash to look hot? I don't think so. From duct tape prom dresses to adjusting a thrift store dress to fit, I've got the solution for an inexpensive prom. Here are plenty of free ways to look sweet this prom season...

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