Queen of Your Closet Series: ‘Alterations’ is not a Swear Word

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Clothes that come off a factory line just don’t fit everyone correctly.  Why? Because, thankfully, we are all unique. Petite, tall, short-torsoed, long-torsoed, athletic, curvy, ample chested, small chested….you get the pic.

I’d SO rather us all be unique than cookie-cutter versions of each other. Ack! No thanks. Being unique has it’s challenges though, especially when it comes to buying factory-made clothing. I have spent many a frustrated moment in the fitting room cursing seams for being so tight and jacket arms for being so short.  Should I berate myself for my long arms? Nay.  Do you curse your luscious rear if those pants from J.Crew don’t look right on you? Or that top from Anthro, that fits perfect on your small chest but unfurls yards of fabric around your waist….do you take it off in a huff and think “nothing ever fits right?!”

What if we did something different. What if we decide to make the pieces we love work for us, despite their initial resistance. What I mean is, if you really really like a blouse’s print and fabric, despite it’s horrid length or it’s voluminous sleeves….and it happens to be on crazy sale, why not explore the option of making it suit YOU?  Bend it to YOUR WILL, Queen.  Hack off the sleeves, or tack them into a slimmer profile. Or perhaps all it needs is to be taken up in length. Think outside the box. Tailors are tailors for a reason: they’re good at fixing clothes. Or if you’re lucky and can do it yourself or know an excellent friend who will take cookies in exchange for alterations, do it! In the process of so doing, you just may discover a Sister Fabulous piece.

Take this nautical piece from J.Crew for instance.

J.Crew Scoopneck Blouse in Anchors Away

Oh how I adored the print. The silk material winked at me from the rack too. The fit? Ugh. Sleeves were way too tight through the elbow area and the bracelet length was all kinds of awful on me.  The love affair was over! Until, that is, it was reduced to $45 with an extra 30% off. That’s when I said, “I’ll take one to go, please,” and promptly handed her over to my tailor.

“Off with the sleeves, please.” I said.

And that’s what she did. I asked for a true half-sleeve, a sleeve length clothing manufacturers have largely neglected as of late, though if they’d start making them I’d buy them en masse!

The half sleeve looks SO MUCH BETTER on me, and my lower arms are grateful to be freed from the snausage casings.

And to think, I almost dismissed her for good. Tisk, tisk.

Wearing: Pants-J.Crew Cafe Capri, Top-Altered J.Crew Scoopneck Blouse in Anchors Away, Belt-J.Crew, Shoes-J.Crew Factory, Necklace-BR, Earrings-Anthropologie

I wore her on her maiden voyage (sorry…couldn’t resist) to book club the other night where we discussed ‘The Winter Sea’ by Susanna Kearsley, a plot largely dotted by 1700’s ships and sailors. The top was so perfect. The book is a great summer read, by the way, if you’re looking for a romance and historical fiction all rolled into one.

So now, for review:

1. Your body is unique, you are not made “wrong”.

2. Think outside the box.

3. Bend it to your will.

4. Tailors are good peeps. ‘Alterations’ is not a swear word.

5. Be the Queen; be fabulous.

xoxo Molly


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3 Responses to Queen of Your Closet Series: ‘Alterations’ is not a Swear Word

  1. You go girl! I knew there was something nagging me about this blouse…definitely looks and feels much better with shorter sleeves!! I hate fitted silk sleeves…too snug!

    I tend to tailor things too much myself and sometimes go too far…or never finish…but it's definitely something people should always consider. I have tinkered with the Hanalei floral blouse sooooo much but now it fits me just the way I wanted and I wear it all the time! It's pretty incredible when anything off the rack fits perfectly, really!

    I knew that the scalloped strings tank would be huge on me, but I snagged a green for $15 during the sale last week and so my project for tonight is to throw a couple of new seams up the side and take it in about 3 inches! The details are gorgeous and so distinct so I'm happy to make it work for me!

    • Wish we were neighbors so I could bake you cookies and your could be my own personal tailor! Ah, yes…the Hanalei. I have some plans to tack the sleeves up permanently to show off the awesome stripedy stripes. You can seriously score some sweet deals and keep your money with skillz like yours. green with envy. Hope your tank project went off without any hitches last night!

  2. Tamara

    Love the color combo you put together! So pretty! I love the matching theme for the book club too. I went on a cruise a few weeks ago and it was all I could do to not wear everything nautical- stripes, sailboats, and anchors :) Also, a good reminder for altering. I've fixed some of my Anthro shirts to wear as is (without a cami) and it's been so nice for summer. I got the Fine Arts tee last summer and stitched up the deep-v a few inches and now it's perfect! Another great post!

    P.S. I'm so excited for the Colorphile post!

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