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« on: July 29, 2008 01:07:06 AM »

I am trying to make a very simple semi-fitted slip dress. McCalls 7443, View D [http://www.karensvariety.com/SEWINGCLOTHES/McCalls/M7443.htmI]
I have never made many clothes because I can never seem to make them fit right. Fitting just seems too overwhelming to me! If you change one thing then you have to change something else and so on and on. I have a wedding to attend in Sept. and don't have the time/patience to figure these alterations out.
Does any one know if you can hire a dressmaker to help you make pattern alterations? Any suggestions on how would I go about finding someone like that in the Phoenix area?   Huh
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2008 07:35:00 AM »

Does any one know if you can hire a dressmaker to help you make pattern alterations? Any suggestions on how would I go about finding someone like that in the Phoenix area?   Huh

My mother used to teach sewing and also she would help customers make a "sloper" (basic garment without any details that is then used for pattern making/altering/fitting) and teach them how to use it. I'm sure there are other teachers that do the samething - maybe they don't advertise they do that but they might be willing to if asked.

How to find that person is a little more difficult. Some possibilities: ask at fabric stores (if the person sews/teaches a lot they are in the stores often and probably make friends with the employees), "maricopa county extention office" has classes (look under calendar) (maybe not what you want but they could hook you up with the teachers), check for "sewing guilds" (ASQ-Phoenix Chapter)go to a meeting or call someone associated with the guild (they will know if any members do that sort of thing).

PS - the link is not working but it looks like that site sells mostly "vintage" patterns. If most of your trys have been vintage patterns you should know that is going to add to fitting problems because people aren't shaped the same as they were in the past  Smiley.

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« Last Edit: July 29, 2008 07:44:16 AM by elijor » THIS ROCKS   Logged
« Reply #2 on: July 29, 2008 10:37:23 AM »

Hello Elijor!

Thanks for such GREAT suggestions! I will definitely be checking all out.

Maybe, just maybe, I would be able to sew garments! I am very excited at the idea of this.

Thank you,thank you!
« Reply #3 on: July 29, 2008 08:38:35 PM »

you might also check craigslist.org and search or post for sewing help. 
If you lived near me, I'd help!

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