Here are variations of alterations I have done for clients where they were changed to fit better, provide comfort, change the style, and to wear items passed down from a loved one.
Chamois shirt had it’s sleeves shorten to make it more comfortable at work, an added pocket from the cut-off sleeve remnant since the shirt did not have one, and straighten the shirt hem, since his preference is to wear un-tucked. Sorry for the dark photo’s
Men’s quilted shirt sleeves were too long, requiring that I shorten them for my clients father. In order to do this, I had to take off the sleeve bands, cut the sleeve portion to appropriate length, then reattach the sleeve band. I did machine stitch the band back into place, but I also added in some hand stitching on the inside, where cuff meets the quilted lining, to give it a finished look.
BELOW: James arrived with a nice pair of slacks, unfortunately completely torn on the back seam from a night out dancing. After some seam repair and stitching, they were good as new and ready for another night out on the town, for more dancing.
Client wanted to have the collar buttons secured and the ones that were missing, replaced.
BELOW: Brice called needing his shirt altered w/in a few hours in time for his start time the following morning at 7am. The shirt arrived too large and hung on him. Brice left pleased that the shirt much better than when he arrived. I did not adjust the shoulders due to the time constraints, but he was still pleased w/what I was able to do for him on such short notice.
BELOW: Rex loved his coat, but the sleeves were too long. So, I removed the cuff area, reworked the arm seams, cut to length and re-attached the cuff to complete the final look, without his need to roll them up!! They were still slightly too long, yet the jacket, due to the styling only allowed a certain amount of lee-way in making the jacket sleeves shorter.
BELOW: The shirt came in extremely large. I took in the sides from sleeve hem to shirt hem. This required that I take those hems out and restitch once those arm and side seams were sewn appropriately to size.
BELOW: This is a hunters canvas bird knapsack. The zipper needed to be replaced along with velcro being replaced and the addition of a few large snaps to keep the covers closed.
BELOW: This is one of my husbands favorite shirts. He loves the fabric pattern, so when I started to share with him that his shirt needed a resting place or to be repurposed, he asked if I might be able to fix the collar. This was rather worn, so I would not promise him, but as I took the collar off to turn it, I found that the other side was actually in great condition. It is always rewarding when you see your husband (and all my clients) thrilled to have further use of a favorite clothing item.