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No one can replace expertise professional tailor's when it comes to tailoring women’s sweaters. There are a number of reasons women start altering clothes. Change in fashion makes women start altering their own clothes.

Most women fall into two categories: one with a speed dial tailor, and another who had never ventured into the world of altering clothes. Sometimes, you might think that alterations are just for the rich and famous, or that your wardrobe/lifestyle/budget is not practical. Then here, you might be wrong.

The fact is, there are many myths regarding tailoring and the whole process intimidates many women. That's why the experts were consulted by Style to help debunk some of the most common myths about clothing changes and break down some of the hidden secrets that only the pros know about tailoring.

Fashions are changing, and our personal sense of style is changing. So, if you ever had the need to learn how to tailor clothes, then the guide is here.

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A very small tip to keep in mind before starting to alter your sweater make sure to start to alter with your older sweaters rather than new ones.

Here are some tips to alter your own sweater

  • Keep chalk to mark on your sweaters while altering. It’s very easy to remove. Marking clear before making any cuts will be good. Before making any cuts, nothing substitutes the importance of marking simple and exact lines.
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  • Take a picture at every step of the process, it is a smart idea to take photos as you disassemble a garment. In case, when changing your own clothes, you need to record each move so that you can easily remember how to put them back together afterward.

          It can be very hard to remember measurements, and maybe you can forget            a detail you should have measured; hence, it is a good idea to lay a ruler in              each picture on your clothes. Be sure that the ruler is positioned in such a              manner that it is simple to observe the measured length.

  • Mark the lines you intend to cut with chalk if your goal is to make your garment smaller. Sew the dress back together, then try it on to see how it fits. Before you cut anything, do this!
  • You would either need to sew a new seam or put some sort of patch over it if a garment has been ripped or torn. A rip has a likely risk of tearing again in any case, so it might be best to repurpose an old garment full of holes.
  • It is worth altering your own clothes, experimenting, and making mistakes make you more experience in altering clothes. But while doing experimenting you should know your limitations. If an alteration is going beyond your skills and capabilities, don’t worry, and don’t afraid to pay professional tailors in the market. 

If you are really passionate about sewing and want to learn on your own then it will be time-consuming. Remember that if things really go wrong, getting a professional repair of the damage you have done can potentially cost you more time and money, so experiment, if you like, just tread carefully.