Yes I have always taken up hems and sewn on buttons. I was taught to sew clothes when I was young and made dresses and skirts but don't do this anymore. Just sewing on a button now is a major effort requiring bright light, glasses and large eyed needle ha ha!
Yes. I learnt how to sew as a very small child and started off with making clothes for my dolls and moved onto making my own clothes! Alterations are harder than making from scratch but not that difficult really.
My mum and both my grandmothers were excellent seamstresses, so it's in my genes :)
I am very good at being frugal,and as such,I am good at mending,sewing up hems,replacing buttons,etc!! I find it very satisfying to fix a favourite item which I would be sad to throw away. Some really beautiful old fabrics are no longer available and items made with these are the ones I am careful to mend ,so I may continue to enjoy wearing them.And as for buttons,I adore Mother of Pearl buttons,so if one of THOSE falls off an item of clothing,I am very careful to find it so I can sew it back in place! Being short, I used to have to shorten almost every skirt or dress I ever bought,so I became very proficient at doing hems! I tend to wear capri length pants now,so it is no longer a problem!
I can take up a hem, no worries but these days it's so cheap to get the repair service at our shopping centre to do it, I tend to just leave it to them. Other alterations, I'm afraid are beyond my capabilities.
No I can't.
I always think this must be one way of stay at home mothers to earn some pin money. But I rarely hear of anyone doing it from home any more. In another house in anohter suburb, I knew a lady that used to save up her fare home to Greece one a year by doing just this - revamping alterations, hems and running in or letting out skirts and trousers. I can't understand why more women don't do this sort of thing any more.
NO I canít alter them, nor take up a hem, which luckily, Iíve never needed to do. My youngest daughter has to have all her cloths she buys altered, & as a team of very good women, who do her alterations for her.
I only wear dresses anyway, so they never need altering, but I do cut out the lining of the dresses, if it's not a cotton lining. When I did wear slacks & jeans with tops, they always fitted nicely, so no altering was ever needed.
I can and I have but to be honest, I can't be bothered noe and would ratger pay the local taylor to bomit as he does a great job. I just drop the item off, or try it on and he checks what he needs to do and call back for it after I've done my shopping. Having said that, I do enjoy hand sewing my grandchildrens little athletics badges on as the look much nicer done by hand. My daughter often gets compliments on how nice they look, laughs and admits its "mum's handiwork".