Altering clothes to fit

Clothes alteration tips and tutorials. 

Learn how to alter clothes to fit. Whether a garment is too small, too big, or an outdated style, simple clothes altering skills can elevate your wardrobe (and save you money).

With a few basic sewing skills, anyone can alter or tailor clothes to fit them. Whether it’s clothes in their wardrobe, garments that have been passed on from family and friends, or things they have bought second hand and thrift shopping, knowing how to alter clothes opens up a new world when it comes to recycling, repurposing and remaking. From simple alterations to more advanced clothes tailoring techniques,  I hope you’ll find inspiration and tips on this website to get started. Many projects don’t require a sewing machine and are beginner friendly.

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Clothes Altering Inspiration

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Why clothes Altering is important.

Altering clothes – whether existing garments in your wardrobe or clothes you buy thrifting – is a more sustainable, creative, and responsible approach to fashion. Being able to alter clothing contributes to a healthier planet and a more sustainable future.

Environmental Impact

Altering clothes helps reduce waste by repurposing old or unwanted garments, often diverting them from landfill.

With the fashion industry being one of the planets largest polluters, upcycling and altering clothing reduces the need for new materials and decreases carbon emissions associated with the product and disposal of clothing.


Traditional clothing manufacturing consumes significant amounts of water, energy, and raw materials.

By learning how to alter clothes to fit not only extends the life of existing textiles, conserving these valuable resources, but promotes more sustainable consumption patterns.

Creative Expression

Altering and upcycling clothes and other materials encourages creative freedom by transforming old clothes into unique, personalised garments.

Upcycling and sewing fosters innovation and encourages people to experiment with designs, creating one-of-a-kind items that reflect personal style and creativity.

Cost Effective

Altering clothing can be very cost-effective by reducing money spent purchasing new clothes but can also assist charities when clothes are purchased second hand from charities.

Quality and Longevity

Repairing, altering and mending clothing enhances the longevity of existing garments, giving them longevity in your wardrobe and limiting the need to purchase new clothes.  This contrasts with fast fashion items, which are frequently designed for short-term use.