Originally Posted by Coldsnap
As a student I have more time than money which has lead me to have the urge to start tailoring my own clothes. I have an old sewing machine stashed away somewhere so I guess I have everything that I need. This doesn't seem that hard... unless I need a special sewing machine? I'm guessing just follow a few guides, be accurate, expect to mess up a few shirts in the process?
I was actually just wondering about this. I frequently find good-condition, second-hand shirts made of nice fabrics that are just way too big. I was looking around and found this. It's a guide to altering shirts by Paul Smith.http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...feb/07/fashionhttp://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandsty...-smith-fashion
You can see it's somewhat complicated, but I'm sure after messing up a couple of shirts you could probably get the hang of it. My issue is that I don't have a sewing machine, so I haven't tried this myself (yet). But if you give it a shot, let me know how it turns out. As others have mentioned, other than shirts you could probably try slimming some pants if you wanted, but I wouldn't try doing anything to a blazer, except maybe tweaking sleeve length, without really learning how they're constructed first.