How to Take in Clothes After Weight Loss

After losing a lot of weight, you’ll probably find yourself with a closet full of clothes that are too big. While buying new clothes in a smaller size may be a nice reward, you can also save money by taking in your old plus-size clothes.

Tips for Taking in Plus-Sized Clothes After Weight Loss

  1. Get the right equipment. You’ll need more than a needle and thread to make major alterations to an entire wardrobe. Invest part of the money you’re saving by not buying new clothes into a quality sewing machine, sewing scissors, pins, and an iron. You may also want a measuring tape and fabric markers.
  2. Pay attention to where you’ve lost the weight. You may notice that you’ve lost more weight, for example, from your waist than your hips. It’s helpful to be aware of exactly how your body has changed so you’ll know what alterations are needed.
  3. Recruit help for pinning. Put your clothes on inside out and have a friend help you pin the new seams in the right places.
  4. Use pleats and darts when possible. Professionals will make alterations along pleats and darts instead of main seams when possible because it’s easier to hide the alterations.
  5. Baste your seams first. Basting, or using long, temporary stitches, will allow you to quickly pull out the sewing if it is not in the right place. Avoid using tight stitches or finished edges until you’re sure the garment fits right.
  6. Use clothes that do fit as a guide. If you have a similarly styled garment that does fit right, try laying it on top of the larger one and tracing the silhouette onto the larger piece with a fabric marker. You’ll still want to do a fitting and baste your seams first, but this can give you a good starting point.

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