Have you ever liked an Item of clothing at a store but it was a 3, 4 or even 5 sizes bigger?
I do too, so worry not
When I fancy something a few sizes bigger. I still will buy it !!
This oversized sweater and skirt were a cheap thrift find I altered to an office suit.
The outfit was 8 sizes bigger !!!! I repeat, 8 sizes bigger than my size !
Most of the time when I have editorial shoots with clients, I tuck, hem , pin , or even add darts to various items of clothing to make them fit like they were tailor made for them.
I wore this outfit to the office last Friday.
And I will share with you a few of my basic clothing resizing tips;
You may sometimes have some extreme alterations that require a professional tailor. My tips below, are for simple alterations at home, and even for hand sewing,
1. The tape measure is your friend
Take measurements on every step, you do not want to end up making a garment to small.
2. Practice, on old or cheap thrifted pieces, Perfect your hemmimg, running and backstitches
3. Always launder your piece before alterations to reduce or avoid shrinkage after.
4. Pin it – Wear, and pin your clothing as you would like it to fit you, while standing in-front of a full length mirror. This will give you an Idea of how it will look, then go ahead and take measurements
5.Experiment. pants from a skirt? skirt from a pair of pants ? a dress maybe? Have fun
For this outfit, I dint do much alterations on the sweater top as I liked the baggy fit. I still have lots of fabric left over from the skirt. Will update you on what comes out of It.
*I cut the skirt to my size from the bottom retaining the hem, then reattached the waist band.
*For the sweater, I reduced the arm size length and the width.
My ring is from JewELLAHry
These tips could also work if you have lost weight and would still like to wear some of your old pieces
Hope you had a great weekend?
I’ve caught a cold and hoping not to pass it on to baby. Not a good start of the week.
Hope yours is better !