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Costume Alterations Made Easy for Costume Design

Altering a Jacket that is too Big


This Victorian Jacket was made for the musical "Hello Dolly" and was too big for the actress.

As you can see in the photo below, and as you learned on our "About Alterations for Costume Design" page, we used the quickest temporary marking method to alter the jacket, masking tape. To alter this jacket we could have taken in the side seams, increased the darts in the back, or made darts in the front.

Masking tape works well for a quick marking method for costume design.

However, the easiest and quickest way for costume design, would be to add two seams on the back of the jacket of equal distance to the center back seam.  As you can see on the right hand side we have the masking tape that was used and attached while the actor was still in the clothing.  Once off, we replaced the tape with pins, and did a quick straight stitch.

Remember to keep in mind that another actress will use this jacket some day, and they might be larger. The seams may need to be taken out for that actress, so don't sew small tight stitches, just use a regular stitch. This alteration was done in about 3 minutes. (The right seam may seam curved but the sleeve was pulling on the dress form when I took the photo.) Notice the jacket doesn't even look like it was altered.  It looks as though it was meant to be sewn that way.





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