1970s vintage gingham skirt sleeve alterations

This shirt had a long body but relatively short sleeves with cuffs, so we shortened the sleeves to shorter, almost capped sleeves, and shortened the back so the shirt itself could be worn in a 1950s manner.

Polkadot Horrockses dress waist let-out

Liz had a Horrockses dress with a 24″ waist and asked if we could extend it at all. We had to shorten the skirt from the top, unpicking the skirt from the bodice, let out a few darts in the top, and adjusted the zip accordingly.

1950s green lace skirt waistband replacement

Deborah’s beautiful 1950s lace skirt had a 26″ waistband, and she wanted us to extend it. As the original lace waistband could not be extended, we suggested replacing with a new waistband, and settled on a matching green wide grosgrain ribbon. Undoing a few of the existing darts, we extended the skirt to her […]

Green Horrockses 1950s dress bodice shortening

Liz brought us this 1950s cotton Horrockses dress, which was too long on the body and asked if we could shorten it, despite the back zip. We took off the skirt, unpicked the zip as necessary, removed the excess fabric in the bodice,  put the skirt back on, and re-attached the zip.

1980s peplum dress shortening

Fun 1980s dress needed shortening and the skirt slit repaired as it had torn – this is a problem we often see and is usually due to it being too short for the owner. We shortened the skirt and adjusted the split accordingly.

1960s crimplene dress neckline alteration

1960’s ‘crimplene’ dress had a high neckline which our client wanted lowered. We took it down 5cms, replicating the original finishes.

Equestrian skirt waist widening with bias

Adeline had a great novelty print skirt, but the waist was 24 inches. We removed the waistband and had to shorten slightly from the top to achieve a larger circumference, and finished the new waist with bias binding for a neat finish.

1950s Chinese silk skirt waistband removal

1950s Chinese silk skirt with very small waistband needed shortening too, so we removed the waistband to increase the waist and shortened from the top, working with the already existing darts.

CC41 vintage WW2 coat shortening

Genuine wool CC41 coat needed shortening to remove damage at the bottom. Using a hem marker we ensured the right length was taken off.

Vintage wool cape shortening

Wonderful wool cape from the 1960s needed shortening and the fussy border removed. Using a hem marker we ensured the cape would hang straight, and shortened using a wide hem.

1940s vintage skirt waistband removal

This 1940s skirt had a narrow and rigid petersham waistband, which was coming loose in places. To increase the waist, we removed it altogether, and finished the top of the skirt with a row of topstitching.

1970s does 1940s vintage wedding dress sleeve alterations

Anna’s wedding was in the summer, but she had fallen for a long sleeved dress, so asked if we could shorten the sleeves. We suggested keeping the design in keeping with the belt sash, and used a matching satin band for edging on the new cap sleeves.

1950s vintage wedding dress shortening

Often wedding dresses come to us needing a lot of things doing: this was no exception with side alterations, re-stitching on of the rose, and a new zip all on the list of necessities. However, shortening the 4 skirt layers were what made the biggest impact. We shortened each layer seperately to increase the […]