Repair Clinic

Become an Alterations Specialist

Sometimes all you need is a fix. Take your alterations into your own hands and learn some essential skills. In this advanced-beginner course, you will learn how to take-in and let out a garment, how to adjust shoulders and sleeve heads, and how to slim down a shirt, dress, and trousers. Bring along a few different garments that is in need of a change or some tender loving care.


Supply List: 

  • 250m spool of matching or contrasting polyester thread (Preferably Gutterman or Coats)
  • Dressmaking Pins (Glass, Pearl, or Plastic head)
  • Hand sewing needles
  • Thread Snips
  • Soft Measuring Tape

**You will need to bring the appropriate garments for each session to execute the alteration.

Skill Level: 3

  • Cost: $285
  • Max. 8 students
  • Class Length: 4 x 3 hours 
  • Prerequisite: Sew 102 equivalent or above

Course Outline

Class 1: Taking in – Letting Out the Waist

    How to adjust bottoms to fit at the waist. This includes working with waistbands.

      Class 2: Slimming (Trousers)

        Altering a wide leg or boot cut trouser into a straight or slim leg.

          Class 3: Sleeves

            Learn how to take out excess bulk, adjust shoulders, and sleeve head for a better fit.

              Class 4: Slimming (Shirts & Dresses)

                Adjusting a shirt or dress to fit at the waist and hips. Learn how to add a dart if one does not currently exist in the garment.