Saturday, 7 March 2015

A Week of Making - Altering those summer clothes

I'm not sure if altering clothing counts as a make?  I'll be using the logic that I 'made' them suitable for wearing and that sewing anything counts as making as far as I'm concerned, so it gets a pass.  I forgot I bought these awesome culottes for £1 in a charity shop last year.  Vintage M&S, a Minnie Mouse vibe, about four sizes too big...  My usual sort of find then.  They required a nice and easy alteration involving unpicking the waistband from centre back to centre front, then taking a couple of inches off the three seams.  This seemed the best way to adjust the size without faffing about with the zip and it worked a treat.  A few inches off the waistband and it was sewn back in place, good as new!  I'm a bit in love with the culottes now and I can't wait to get them out again in the warm weather.

Ah, the dress.  In my last post I was moaning about the trials of altering the skirt, but it actually went pretty smoothly once I got it unpicked.  I then cut a strip off the width of the skirt and sewed it back in place as a straight style rather than pleated.  It looked great.  So I put it back on...and noticed that the back and side gathers are making my hips look giant.  I did literally nothing to the overall shape of the dress, so I have no idea how I never noticed that before.  Back I went to the machine, sewing down the skirt from below the waistband to try and smooth out the gathers.  Job done, I try it on again looks exactly the same.  Now, short of restructuring the whole back and sides of the dress, I have no idea what to do with it.  I'm tempted to just live with it and see if I get used to it.  Either way, I had to put my machine away so I'll try the dress on again at some point and see if I like it any better.  As you can tell from the pictures, I'm very taken by the pockets anyway...

I did a little bit of knitting at night but mostly I just lay on the couch with a hot water bottle watching The Office.  It was a pretty awesome night.


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