All of you who have garments in your closet that fit, but you don’t wear, raise your hands.

I thought so.

So WHY are they still taking up your space if you don’t wear them? There must be something about them you like enough to keep them, right?

And, there must be something about them you don’t like, which is why you don’t wear them.

The trick is to identify the problem and then change it.

copied & altered clothes (3)

Here’s a case in point. I’ve had this top for years and always loved the style of the interesting tie combined with a shaped space for the bead. The neckline shape is flattering, too.

But most every time I reached to wear it, it ended up going back in the closet.

Then one day I realized the issue. The sleeves were puffy gathered short sleeves. Which, I’ve realized, look good on nobody, not even stick thin models.  And that, I am not.

So, once I’d figured out the problem, it took about 30 minutes with a seam ripper to remove the elastic and a few more minutes on the serger to hem the sleeve edges.

Boom, done. Happiness and joy. Wearable top. 🙂

So, my challenge to you is to go find one garment you would wear if you could just change something about it. Then figure out how to make those changes. You’ll be glad you did.

Happy re-creating!


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3 thoughts on “Altering Purchased Clothing

  1. Aha. Yes, that looks great as is, but next time, show us the before pic. I know it will be painful, but that’s your job, isn’t it? 😀

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