A Smart Woman’s Guide to Organic Clothing Alterations

The choice to buy clothing made from organic cottons, and other materials, is a responsible one. In fact, the trends towards buying organic apparel and re-purposing existing clothing are growing because of an ever-pressing need to preserve the earth’s natural resources.
Organic clothing is less taxing on the environment because it lessens the processing needed to make it useful in clothing manufacturing. Organic clothing is also better for personal health, because it is chemical and dye free. An added benefit is that organic and repurposed clothing tends to be higher quality, a factor that can save you money over the long-run.
Yet, when you end up getting a piece of organic clothing that needs to be altered for a better fit or to pass it down to a younger child, there are some special considerations to make. Organic clothing needs a little extra TLC, which also includes the use of organic materials for mending and fitting. Here is a guide to help you make the most of your organic clothing alterations.

Buy Organic Clothing from Quality Retailers

If you take the time to do your research before purchasing organic clothing, you’ll note that many offer a lifetime return guarantee if clothing is damaged or ill-fitting. This means you can send them back for a full refund or replacement to get something that is better suited to your needs. Retailers who offer this guarantee are more likely to provide high quality fabrics to make sure you won’t need to go this route.

Use Organic Threads and Fabric Glues

To preserve the quality and performance of your organic clothing, be sure to use the organic cotton threads and organically made fabric glues currently available on the market. For less than pennies, you can maintain the integrity of your apparel, while making fixes and alterations that will help them fit better and last longer.

Measure Correctly for the Best Alteration Results

Before altering your organic apparel, you’ll want to make sure you measure correctly. This includes getting an updated measurement of the intended wearer’s body, including height, waist, hip and breast circumference, inseam and leg/arm lengths, and shoulder width. Remember, with a new cotton organic garment, the fabric may shrink slightly in the wash.
Don’t waste fabric during alterations. Whether you decide to drastically alter a piece of organic clothing, or you just want to make a minor fix, you’ll want to reduce the amount of fabric cut. Take for example pants or skirts, which can be easily hemmed up or down without cutting into the bottom line of fabric. Oftentimes, fabric can be cleverly pressed or folded into place to reduce fabric waste.

Take the Time to Hand-sew During Alterations

When making alternations to organic clothing, it’s always best to use a gentle hand-sewing method to cut down on damage to fabrics. Organic fibers can be delicate, and you don’t want to create holes or tears in it when using a machine to sew seams or when edging fabrics. Use a simple needle and thread as often as possible.

The popularity of organic clothing for women is continuing to grow as consumers become smarter about being fashionable and honoring the earth at the same time. Use the above guide as a way to keep yours looking the best at all times.

Writer bio: Ted Corbitt is a writer for Balani Custom Clothiers.  Ted enjoys writing about custom suits and clothing.  In his free time Ted is a avid chess player.
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