She Pulled The String


My cousin purchased this embroidered vintage dress from Zara’s. She wore it once and pulled a string. Why did she pull the string? This was the result:


So while on our vacation in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she asked me if I could fix it. She knows me so well. And of course I brought my sewing kit.  And yes, I fixed it.


She was so happy. I am excited to see her wear it. Will post updated pictures.

Thanks for viewing this upgrade. Until the next, remember to enjoy your journey.



From Burned Shirt to Brand New

burned shirt1Hubby has been really good about advertising. I can count on him to put in a good word about my sewing and alterations.  He brought home this blouse and asked if I could fix it. At first glance, I thought nothing was wrong with it until I looked a bit closer.                       burned shirt2 His coworker had burned the bottom band with the iron. Lucky for her, the burn did not permeate the entire blouse.  This would be an easy fix. Especially since this band was created with the fabric on a fold and open edges attached to bottom of blouse.

burned shirt-reversed band

I began by removing the band from the bottom of the blouse. Since the burn was not through-and-through, I was able to flip the band and re-attach to bottom. His coworker was ecstatic and so grateful for my help restoring her favorite blouse.

I was glad to help.

Hemming Jeans

I’ve gotten really good at hemming jeans. My friend/client has two boys. One is short, so his jeans are always too long. The other is tall, so his jeans are often purchased longer and need to be hemmed as well. We’ve been at this for a while now and she’s got the fitting technique down to a science. From day one, I asked her to have her boys try on the jeans inside out. That’s right – inside out. It’s an easy way for her to mark the length. And one less step for me in the hemming process. For demonstration purposes, here’s a picture using a pair of hubby’s jeans.


Since her jeans will be altered, I can take her placement and press in a crease for the new hem. Next, I’ll measure an inch from the crease and cut off the excess.

I’ll fold up a half inch and fold up again before I take them to the machine.

Here’s the hem in a most recent pair:
Feel free to share some of your techniques for hemming.

Enjoy and happy sewing!


Same Pants. New Zipper.

It’s bad enough to have a broken zipper. It’s even worse when it breaks at work.

Broken zipper

Lucky for hubby, it was at the end of the day. He’s extra fortunate to have a wife who can replace the zipper.