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Beginner’s Guide to Sewing (Ep 16): Letting Out Side Seams

written by Sarah

Hey Everyone! Welcome back to the BGTS series! We’re continuing our alterations themed again with some side seam tailoring.

Alternation skills are important for many reasons, the biggest one being it’s a guaranteed way to make extra money sewing.

People will always need alterations done and, frankly, tailoring is a valuable skill many sewers skip learning all together. Dry cleaners and professional tailors charge a good hunk of change, so
friends and family will be coming to you to do their alterations for a couple bucks cheaper.

In episode 16, you’ll learn how to let out a side Seam by inserting a gusset.
A gusset is basically a wedged/triangular shaped piece of fabric used to make clothing larger when the existing seam allowance isn’t sufficient in accommodating the alteration needed.

Inserting a Gusset lets you enlarge any garment as much as you want because you aren’t limited to the seam allowance.

It’s a skill often used in formal wear and bridal wear, but also translates well to trousers, jeans, skirts, and even shirts.

This skill has many little steps, but really it isn’t too hard, and if you’ve watched all the BGTS episodes, I know you’ll be able to pull it off.

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