Remember this skirt?
This is Burda 7208 that I recently made. The waistband I used was bare wide elastic with a small ruffle edge for sewing it to the fabric. I hadn't worn the skirt because the site of attachment left a ridge that bothered me. Plus, the skirt itself was just too big - I had made a large size, gathered up at the waist, and the result felt like too much fabric.
I took off the waistband, and removed 12" of width! Then I serged 1" elastic to the wrong side of the waistband, stretching the elastic to fit the skirt. Next, I folded that to the inside, and straight stitched it down at the side seams (in the ditch) to tack it down, and placed a few other tacks at strategic spots. Not sure if this method has a name (anyone know?), but I will use this method again. It is so comfortable, and it lies flat and smooth under my top. Big improvement.
The thing that made me not mind this alteration is the fact that my family and I have been working out together regularly and 'eating healthy'. This has personally resulted in 14 pounds of weight loss, a decrease of one whole size+ in RTW clothes, and being able to see my muscles. I'm pleased with the progress, however, the girls haven't shrunk a bit. Yet.
The top I made from this same pattern - Burda 7208 - is now too big, says the daughter. It got a 'no' vote as we were getting ready to go to dinner and a movie Saturday night. I wore the outfit as above, except with flats.
How do you feel about alterations? Normally I loathe them, but making clothes smaller sure. feels. good!
a) alter your clothes when needed
b) pay to have them altered (guilty:-/)
c) give items away rather than alter them
d) let your unaltered clothes languish in the back of the closet
I'm guilty of b, c, and d, but I'm now facing a lot of clothes that need altering, so.... maybe I'll just make new clothes!
Enjoy your week,