Let's face it. There are probably not many of us out there that fit in the neat little box that are pattern measurements. If we're lucky, we're going to get close, maybe being off by a few inches. If we're unlucky, then chances are it might be worse than that. Well, we're here to help the lucky and unlucky alike with our tutorial showing you how to make your own alterations to commercial patterns. For instance, in this tutorial we demonstrate how to increase the waist measurement so you can create a garment that looks like it was custom fitted using the pivot and slide method. We show you how to do a waist increase alteration on a bodice pattern, on a bottom pattern (like a skirt) and, last but not least, for the waistband. Now you'll no longer have to waffle between which size to choose. And when you see how quick and painless using the pivot and slide method is for altering the waist on a commercial pattern, you'll save yourself time in alterations later on the the completed garment.
As with all alterations, I always recommend creating a muslin after making alterations to your patterns. That way you can test your adjustments before using your more expensive fabric. You don't need to fully create the completed garment but just baste the necessary pieces together so you can try it on. Then you can see if you need to make any other alterations.
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