Hello hello hello!
I am altering clothes. Everybody's clothes - the kids', the husband's, even mine. This week has been declared "Not Allowed To Sew Anything New Until Those Unfitting Clothes Are Altered" Week. Someday in the future, when I finally host a sewalong, it will be all about exhuming those poorly-fitting garments and giving them some serious self-esteem.
Which clothes, you ask? Are these the clothes from my pre-baby years that I foolishly want to wear today that I'm letting out? Heavens, no. Those are actually the fashionable, expensive clothes that I wouldn't dream of taking my seam ripper to. No, I'd much rather save them for Emily/Jenna/Kate or someone who would wear them, unviolated, sometime in the future.
I'm talking about clothes I bought recently (as in the last year) that fit poorly, just because. Like
- All of Emily's store bought pants - good length, very roomy waist
- Some of my long-sleeved Tshirts - comfortable around the chest, hideous in the shoulder and armscye
- Husband's shirts that are the right "size" but were actually cut too big (actual words of confession by the Land's End staff when I gently confronted them)
- Jeans that were sweeping the floor etc.
So I thought, since I'm going to do the dirty work anyway, I might as well turn it into a mini-series of sorts, and show you how I alter clothes. Also because I remembered that some months ago, some of you asked if I would do this. Well, so I am. Look out for it:
I'm not promising, but I have on my sewing table, alteration tasks from simple trouser hem jobs to the nastier armscye shaping sort that my nightmares are made of. I will share them all with you, weather permitting (we blame the weather a lot in Minnesota).
What's with the title, then?
Well, I know so many people who bring their entire wardrobes in to shops that do alterations and they all, in one accord, bemoan the prices they had to pay for the jobs done on their clothes. Have you heard the same? Or said the same? Want to know what I think? I think those alteration tailors might actually be undercharging their clients. Yes, I do. Don't agree? Follow along with me and decide for yourself.
Spread the word and hold me accountable, friends: I have a table full of unwearable clothes that need a new lease on life.