Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways – Day 10

Hello everyone! Welcome to another day of fabulous giveaways! Thank you all for joining in the discussion on refashioning yesterday. I love refashioning clothes, especially old ones that have sentimental value, or something that would otherwise have been tossed out.

Yesterday’s winner of Just For the Frill Of It by Sonya Nimri is Susy Jones! Congratulations Susy! Please email with your mailing address to receive this cool prize.

We’ve got even more great garment projects coming up for you. Nicole Smith showed up for Season 6 to teach us how to make a wrap skirt from a regular skirt pattern. It’s super easy and wrap skirts are easy to fit, easy to wear and comfy!

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Speaking of easy garments, check out the instructions from last season’s guest, Julie Tierney, and make a cool coat from an upcycled comforter in episode 508: Coat of Many Layers.

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Today’s prize is a skirt and hair wrap pattern from (former guest Jess Goldman) Bananafana!

 Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways   Day 10All you have to do to enter to win this super chic pattern is answer the following question in the comments section below: Do you alter patterns?

Knowing some basic pattern alterations opens up literally a bazillion new options. Have you tried it?

Remember, every day you enter to win a prize, you’re also entered to win the Grand Prize: a copy of Sew it All TV season 5 on DVD! So keep entering!

Good luck, one winner will be announced tomorrow, along with the next prize!


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60 Responses to Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways – Day 10

  1. Cyndy l says:

    yes I alter patterns. For me it’s a must to get the right fit. I also like to switch up necklines, sleeve lenghts and the like! ( By the way, I’m a 60 year old Gramma! :) )

  2. Marilyn S says:

    Yes, I alter patterns — I like to make things my own.

  3. Judy Dugan says:

    I alter the patterns and may do a muslin mock up just to see if I need to tweak it a bit more.

  4. Donna N. says:

    Yes, I have to because I’m a petite on top and not on the bottom!

  5. Diane Simmons says:

    When you are short like me, you have to….:0)

  6. Marsha says:

    I embellish patterns with embroidery. Like to expand and learn to alter them!!

  7. MARY STOTT says:

    yes, i also swap pieces from one pattern to another.

  8. Shirley says:

    always, shorten the arms, tweak the neckline to lay flat across the chest. shorten the length and that is just for me. For the daughter’s, one has short waist length the other long. one has high bust, the other long arms, one is 5′ 1 the other 5′ 5″ so as they say the pattern is the starting point.

  9. maxinelevy says:

    Yes I alter patterns when the size is wrong. Many toys patterns are too small for what i like so I make them BIG.

  10. Theresa says:

    Yes I alter patterns to make them fit and sometimes to make them look better

  11. Cath says:

    Not very good at altering!!

  12. Patricia Lenhart says:

    All the time, even if it is only the length – back waist length , sleeve length, dress length, back waist length.

  13. Audrey says:

    I do a lot of altering patterns when I make something for myself. Need the FB adjustment, and change anything I don’t like about the pattern.

  14. Georgiana Gray says:

    I have to always alter my patterns. I have long arm, legs and a big bust. Besides, I don’t like my clothes too tight. I want to be comfortable.

  15. Regina Roza says:

    I have to alter patterns all the time and it’s very frustrating. The major pattern companies need to realize that some women my age (51) are tiny, size 2, but do not want to look like teenagers! If they can make plus-size patterns, which are very fashionable, why can’t they start their pattern sizes a bit small? I have found a few patterns lately starting at size xxs-xxl , but still find my self tweeking patterns. I’m 5’2″ 115 lbs. and have a 32″ inseam (I’m all legs); very strange I know but that’s me!

  16. Sue in Seaside says:

    Yep! I surely do alter patterns … isn’t that their purpose??? The pattern, and directions, are like “suggestions” to me to tweek the creation and make an AWESOME garment! And … if I’m tired of a pattern –and it’s not vintage or collectable– the crumpled paper makes for terrific fire-starters for bonfires at the Oregon Coast!

  17. audrey says:

    Just the lenth of arms for blouses, and pant legs.

  18. Evelyn says:

    Alter patterns??? It’s pretty much a given — for fit as well as style.

  19. Mary Angerer says:

    Oh, yes I do! I am long armed and long legged, but I have a short waist and high hips. What a pain!

  20. Linda Chase says:

    I don’t know of many people who are just the size of the pattern. I have always added length, reshaped curves, etc. to make them work for me or whoever I’m sewing for.

  21. Marilyn Ming says:

    Always! I am right between a petite and misses in height. I either have to lengthen or shorten a pattern to fit!

  22. Rosemary Griffis says:

    I don’t think I have ever NOT altered a pattern. Even if it’s just making it shorter. I have changed sleeves, openings, necklines, hips, waist, etc. Except for hemming, I usually spend more time time altering for fit and/or style than I do for sewing.

  23. JC says:

    Hello. I’ve sewn very few garments over past couple years….just getting back into sewing after an extended absence. I WANT to alter, so the answer is no but I want to. Just don’t have a clue how to, where to start, etc. :-) .

    I’m sure season 5 will help! :-) Thanks so much. :-)

  24. Karyl Jacobson says:

    I’ve only done minor alterations, like shorten/lengthen, but I am very ready to dive in and learn more and experiment more thanks to shows and websites like yours!

  25. Sherrie Polatas says:

    I alter my patterns most of the time. I’m hard to fit. I have broad shoulders and large upper arms. I usually have to lengthen my sleeve pattern as well. I add more hip and thigh room (got a booty). I increase darts at waist line. But like really like combining
    different patterns together.

  26. Derenda L. says:

    Yes, when necessary I alter patterns. I have granddaughters rangeing in ages 24 yrs. to 13 yrs. and if I make one of them an outfit; I usually have to recreate it for another one and it has to be a bit different in style and size. This is not and easy thing to do, especially with the varied sizes in my family of girls.

  27. Nicole Lesley says:

    I alter my patterns for both fit and to change up the style. Bless pattern paper.

  28. Kathy Ohlson says:

    I altered patterns more when I was a teenager and made a lot of my clothes. Making alterations and mixing pattern pieces helped me make different looks without buying lots of patterns.

  29. Gramma Suzi says:

    no one I sew for ever fits the pattern…too short, too tall, too thin or plump, so I am
    always taking something close to what I want and changing the things that don’t fit.
    enjoy your program on PBS.

  30. Marilee Hawkins says:

    Of Course! My favorite saying: A pattern is just a suggestion. Then you create what you want.

  31. I alter patterns all the time. Sometimes it is for fit purposes. other times to change the style to suit what vision I have from ready-to-wear or catalog styles.

  32. bolanle says:

    No. I try not to alter patterns ’cause i’m still learning how to do it right.
    when i get the patterns’s correctly then i can choose to alter and make my own patterns.

  33. BJMarley says:

    Yes. I alter patterns. When I’m sewing for myself, I have to alter to fit. When I’m sewing for my daughters, I have to alter the patterns to match their visions.

  34. Cherie says:

    Yes, I do. Especially because I want my garments to fit.

  35. Mary Wenthe says:

    Who doesn’t alter patterns? Isn’t it the BEST reason for sewing clothes (or anything for that matter) – you can make it your own in size, style and design! I need to get back to my sewing now… I’ve been away from my machine too long… she misses me!

  36. Mary Anne Stigen says:

    Yes, patterns are expensive, so I buy one and use and change it multiple times and no one has the cookie cutter body of whatever dress form pattern makers use. It’s challenging but really fun!

  37. Diane Jettinghoff says:

    Constantly! Nothing fits me out of the package. I have longer legs, longer arms, bigger tummy, etc. I’ve also taken quite a few tips, suggestions, and books to change the patterns!

  38. Melissa says:

    The most I do for altering is making something longer. Both my daughter and I run on the tall side of EVERY pattern I try to make.

  39. Sharon Witbeck says:

    I almost always alter the pattern. They just never fit right if I don’t. Of course they often still don’t fit right when I do, lol. But I keep working at it. Another learning experience. I also alter handbag/tote patterns. They never seem to have enough pockets for me.

  40. I ALWAYS alter patterns – every time – every pattern.

  41. Melissa says:

    I alter patterns for a few different reasons, I like the top from one pattern but not the bottoms, I have to extend the patterns for whoever I am making it , or just sometimes for variety i leave part of the pattern off or come up with my own design for the pattern

  42. Marge says:

    Love refashion!

  43. Marge says:

    Love it!

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  45. Louise Marie says:

    Yes, i occasionally alter my patterns, mostly the length of the pants. i would like to learn more about alterations of patterns. If i knew more, i would use it more.

  46. Kelly Chandler says:

    Ooops! I meant to say: I have to, or nothing would fit. Most patterns are not for 59 yr old Grammas.

  47. Robin Huss says:

    No I don’t alter patterns as I’m still just learning. Thank you for the chance to win.

  48. Kelly Chandler says:

    I have to, or nothing would fit. Most patterns are for 59 yr old Grammas. :)

  49. Carla G says:

    I’ve altered patterns a bit to either fit or cause I don’t like what the pattern wants me to do. And so far I’ve been successful on all my alterations. :)

  50. Deb says:

    lol… I alter patterns but it’s because I screw up, not because I have talent. I’m trying to get better at being detail oriented and follow directions, but I still find myself ‘oopsing’ more often than I want!