|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.
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.