9 Easy DIY Clothing Alterations Anyone Can Make

There are few things more frustrating than having a piece of clothing that is almost perfect except for one little issue. Basic alterations are so easy you will be shocked you have never tried them before. These nine alterations are so easy that anyone with a pair of scissors and a few tools can do them in a couple of hours.

Hem Pants and Skirts

Taking a hem up is super easy if you follow the correct steps.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread

Put on the garment you want to hem and measure how much length you want to take off. Measure and mark all the way around the hem. Once you have your new hemline all marked out in chalk, cut off the excess, and pin up your new hem. Use your needle and thread to sew it into place.

Take in Shirts

Baggy shirts are unflattering. You can easily nip your oversized shirts in at the waist.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread

Put your shirt on inside out and pinch in the sides to the desired fit. Use the chalk to mark where you want to take it in on each side. Once you take off the shirt, measure your marks and adjust as necessary to ensure you are taking in the same amount on both sides. Sew up the sides and cut off the excess. You now have a shirt that is custom fit for you.

Add Darts

Darts may sound intimidating, but they are simply triangles of fabric sewn up to create a beautiful fit.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread

On the area where you want your dart, use your chalk to mark a point that will be the narrow end point of the dart. Use this point to draw two lines that come out to make a triangle. Fold the garment in half with the wrong sides together so that the two lines are exactly matched on either side. Sew the two lines together starting at the wide part of the triangle and going up to the point. Be sure to sew right off the edge of the garment, and tie off your threads to make a smooth tuck.

Make Long Sleeves Short

Turning your long sleeved shirts into short sleeves is easy.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread

Mark the sleeves on both sides about an inch below the desired length. Cut the sleeves off at your chalk marks. Pin and hem both sleeves.

Add a Slit to a Skirt

If you have a skirt that you find difficult to walk in, adding a slit will help open it up and make it more modern.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread

Decide where on the skirt you want to put your slit and how high you want it to be. Mark the length with your chalk, and cut a straight line from the hem. Fold in the raw edges, and sew with your needle and thread.

Add Appliques

Sometimes you have clothes that fit well but are a little boring. You can add personality to your garments with appliques.

Tools:

  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Patch, lace or extra fabric
  • Fusible webbing

Cut the shapes you want to add to your piece of clothing out of lace or cute scrap fabric. You can cut hearts, flowers, animals or anything your imagination creates. Place your cut out fabric on the fusible webbing, and use your iron to apply a low heat. Once your fabric is attached to the webbing, you can iron it onto your garment. If you bought a patch, follow the instructions to iron it onto your clothing.

Distress Clothes

Distressing your clothes takes a standard garment and turns it into a trendy statement piece.

Tools:

  • Scissors
  • Sandpaper
  • Bleach

Distressing your clothes is a fun way to infuse style into an otherwise bland garment. This alteration can be as creative as your imagination allows. Use sandpaper to quickly wear and fray fabric. Bleach adds a faded, cool look to your clothes. The sky is the limit for this look.

Add a Front Pocket

Adding a front pocket to your shirt can turn a plain tee into an interesting garment.

Tools:

  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Extra fabric

Decide how big you want your front pocket to be, and use your measuring tape to draw out the dimensions plus an extra half inch in chalk on your extra fabric. Cut the pocket out, and press in half an inch on all four sides. Hem the top of the pocket, and sew the remaining three sides onto your shirt.

Add Cutouts

From cold shoulders to keyholes, cutouts are very in right now and so easy to do yourself.

Tools:

  • Chalk
  • Scissors

Take a t shirt that you want to transform, and use your chalk to mark the shape you want to cut out. Grab your scissors and cut out the shape. It’s just that easy. If you use a fabric that frays, be sure to sew up the edges.

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