Throwback Thursday: in which we discussed alterations a few years ago. The good news: I have learned a bit, enough to do some simple alterations myself. The bad: I still have stuff hanging around waiting for me to do something with it.
True confession: my studio is full of random garments I can’t bear to part with. While the situation is not as bad as it has been in times past, nevertheless, I am sitting on a number of items which I love in every way but ____ .
One of those items has been my charcoal gray wool trouser suit, previously featured in a fashion lab. I think I paid twenty bucks for it at the thrift store and have worn the trousers quite a bit, but the jacket never felt quite right. The shoulders fit fabulously, but the back was baggy. Viewing it somewhat as an experiment – if it worked, perhaps next round I’d take in the vintage tweed skirt suit or the red formal – I took the plunge and took it to an alterations shop.
Long story short: it cost me $55! And yesterday I bent over and split the lining in the trousers! 😳
Conclusion: I need to learn to do my own alterations. Alternatively, since I have an easy enough time fitting off the rack clothes, I could just biff the stuff that’s not perfect and shop harder, perhaps making my own dresses from scratch.
A question or two for you:
- What part do alterations play in your wardrobe?
- How do you budget for them?