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Subject: Need recommendation for book on clothing alterations
Date Posted: 5/10/2008 1:01 PM ET
Member Since: 1/13/2005
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I have always had a VERY pear shaped body type.  I am slowly losing weight (I need to lose a LOT), but while my top half is cooperating, my hips are hanging on for dear life, and refuse to leave at any cost.  My tops have always been a little large on top, but now they're really large on top, (falling off my shoulders) and my pants are too loose in the waist.  I am not complaining about losing the weight, but  I am hoping you all will have recommendations for a clothing alterations book that explains things very clearly (I'm a novice at sewing).  I am tired of wearing clothes that don't fit well, and because of my weird proportions, new ones won't fit any better than the old ones, and I can't afford to have an alterationist alter everything I own.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Thanks.

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 6:20 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
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Have you tried pinning your clothes while they are on you? You may be able to take up a seam or two doing that. An example would be pinning the bottom of your sleeve along that seam to the hem of the shirt. If you have seams there. If not you can make a seam. Also, try finding a book called Fit For Real People at the library (it's wishlisted here). It's for people who sew and use patterns, but you may be able to learn about darts and such if you need them. There is also one for pants, but I haven't read it yet, so I can't tell you if it could help.

Good luck!

Date Posted: 5/23/2008 8:06 PM ET
Member Since: 1/19/2008
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Other than the usual fitting books for people who are sewing from patterns, such as Vogue Fitting, you might also try costuming books. Since costumers have to re-use costumes for different actors, or re-size secondhand clothing, these books often have a section on alterations.  One example is The Costume Technician's Handbook, by Rosemary Ingham (0-435-08610-3).  This may be out of print, since my copy is a 1992 version, but I'm sure there are others.  Good luck!

Date Posted: 6/27/2008 1:18 AM ET
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Thanks much for the suggestions, I'm going to try the seam thing where possible on some older clothes for practice, and I'm going to try to find the books.  Gracias!

Date Posted: 7/3/2008 2:07 AM ET
Member Since: 6/22/2006
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Good luck!