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If it's broken, fix it! Instead of making do with the broken zippers and worn elastic, the little spots and stains and holes, the too tight/too loose/too short/too long, learn how to alter, repair, restyle, and embellish all your wardrobe outcasts. Filled with hundreds of easy remedies and timesaving strategies, supported by lots of helpful line art, this book can save you loads of money by helping you get those clothes out of the back of the closet and make them wearable once again--and sometimes they'll look even better than before. --Amy Handy
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Product Details

  • Series: Star Wear S
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Chilton Book Co (February 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801983916
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801983917
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.2 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,956,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2000
Format: Paperback
I purchased some beautiful designer clothes from an estate sale, but after I tried them on I found myself on the verge of shelling out more money than I paid for the clothes in expensive alterations. I saved all that money and more by buying this book. I don't sew, am not "crafty" and have little patience for details but Jan Saunders' pictures, diagrams, easy sew and no sew instructions made me confident I could do it myself--quickly. My clothes look great, they fit, and the complements keep coming. I may never need a tailor again.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Kirsten on May 5, 2006
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As an experienced sewer and someone who has to alter nearly every item of clothing I purchase, I was really looking forward to getting this book, based on the reviews. However, this book is a joke. It offers very little in the way of TRUE altering--ideas like "Make an elastic band to hold too-long sleeves up around your elbows" does NOT qualify as good technical advice, in my humble opinion. The "fashions" (if you can call them that) recommended in this book are grossly outdated (I suspect they were already passe even in 1995 when the book was printed), and they all have a grossly home-fashioned look to them. If you are really into baubles, embellishments, and that frumpy "mom made it" look, buy this book. If you are looking for a good guide to TRUE altering, spend your money elsewhere. My new copy is getting donated to the library.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Montana on April 19, 2005
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I don't know what I was thinking. I guess I read reviews that made me think that as a non-sewer, somehow this book could tell me how to do quick and easy repairs. The only use it has to me is that it might give me some ideas for repairs to request from a seamstress. There were no definitions for the neophyte. For example, there were repeated references to "serging" which, I guess, is something kind of like sewing, but different. I do think it is an excellent book for someone that already knows how to sew and wants some ideas on how to do repairs that will improve the fit of garments. I am sorry I bought the book as it is useless to me, and I am selling it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A reader on May 27, 2005
Format: Paperback
I bought this book with the idea of trying to alter ready-to-wear clothes so they fit better---I wanted to find a book that included basic techniques (hemming jeans/pants, making long sleeve shirts into short sleeve shirts, etc.) as well as more advanced ones (altering suit jackets to fit better, adding darts to shirts, skirts). I'm not sure if other such books exist (most other alterations/tailoring books explain how to alter/fit patterns when you're sewing a piece of clothing from scratch, not when altering an already-made piece of clothing) but I would be curious to if there are any others that people would recommend. I've seen that there is a book called 'Altering Women's Ready to Wear' by Mary Roehr (seems relevant) but don't know anything about it.

I haven't used any of the techniques from this book but have tried other similar techniques that I found online (hemming jeans without having to topstitch a straight line, reconstructing t-shirts into more fitted/flattering shirts (halters, camisoles, etc.) or into other types of clothing (skirts, dresses)).

This book seems to give useful ideas, some of which I plan to try (for example, removing a zipper stop and putting a zipper back on track; sewing side pockets closed on skirts/dress pants; etc.). Some of the techniques seem interesting (making things tighter or looser) but are beyond my level of sewing (advanced beginner). I would agree with the previous reviewer that for the most part, the book is much more useful to someone who sews a little at least---there aren't that many no-sew techniques included.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By petite professional on August 22, 2006
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Most of the ideas in this book just seemed so silly. I am a petite woman who has a hard time finding clothes that fit, even when wearing petites. The little cartoon drawings made it even worse. This was a big waste of my money. Given the other reviews, I thought this would be a good alterations guide. I sure was wrong there! I wish I could find a book on alterations for petite women who want to look professional.
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