Author: Barbara Stone

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Quite often I’m asked if a certain alteration is possible. I have been altering clothing for over 30 years and I’ve been through a variety of fashion cycles, many fabric and construction changes, and...

Photo courtesy of Enzo Custom Clothiers.

I thought I would address men’s fashion for a change, and talk about suits.  And yes, these guidelines will apply to women’s suits as well. In my humble opinion, all men of a certain...

This shows a ¼ inch hem. You can also roll the edge twice to get an 1/8 inch hem.

A few years ago, I wrote an article about hemming chiffon. To date, that article has had thousands of readers so I know people are still trying to learn how to hem chiffon. That...

charcoal sequined top shown  with charcoal, brown and navy brocade silk skirt.

Winter has come early here in Northern California and we are starting to think about cold weather. (Stop snickering, my east coast and Canadian  friends ~ it’s cold to us!) As my regular readers...

Close-up of the new side panels. You can see that the rose motif is smaller but since it’s mostly on the side and covered by the arm, it blended nicely. And I was able to match the color perfectly… Whew!

One of my favorite projects over the many years I have been a dressmaker is remaking a vintage wedding gown. It may have belonged to the bride’s mother or grandmother or even the groom’s...