- tape measure
- vintage clothing
- Examine the clothing. Before doing any alterations, thoroughly examine the clothes you are planning to tailor. Determine what fabric is used, how the stitching was done, and if there are any flaws. It is good to take a picture of the item so you can see how it looked before when you are making the alterations.
- Take your measurements. This is the only way you can be absolutely sure of how your clothes should fit. Measure your arms, leg length, waist and inseam. You can take other measurements that you feel are necessary to alter your clothing.
- Look in magazines for inspiration. Sometimes, you may be at a total loss on how to modify a piece in a way that will make it look great when you are wearing it. Don't let this deter you from buying and altering your vintage clothing pieces. Look in fashion magazines for inspiration. Don't just copy everything you see, take ideas from several concepts and make it your own.
- See a professional tailor. Sometimes, it's best to let professionals handle vintage clothing. The fabric or pattern may be unfamiliar to you and seeing a professional will ease your mind.
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