Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Tailoring Made Easy!

I had this cute jacket hanging in my closet that I had never worn. I got it a couple summers ago on a trip with my mom and Jasmine and it was a great deal. I paid less than $5 for it! The only problem was that it didn't fit. A great deal isn't a deal if you can't use the thing you bought. Today I decided to change that and I did it all during nap time :)

The problem was that it did not fit in the torso. The arms fit great but the rest was boxy and too wide. I decided to make the outer shape more feminine and take in the darts-yup I'm not endowed, I'll admit it.
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Marking for tailoring an article of clothing while you're wearing it with straight pins is pretty hard. Instead I got the idea to do it with clothes pins! I turned the jacket inside out and buttoned it. I then pinched the excess fabric making sure that it was about even on each side and put on the clothes pin.

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 I then took the jacket off and pinned where the clothes pins were with straight pins.

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This part is important: I didn't want to change the sleeves or bottom edge so I tapered the top and bottom of the edge. I made sure that under the bust area the seam went in so that it would be fitted. I then altered the darts (for a tutorial on darts go here) by starting at the smaller original edge and making the angle greater. I turned it right side out and made sure it fit and pinned a flower to my lapel.  (Note: I also put on makeup and fixed my hair so I wasn't such a hot mess)

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I hope this inspires you to tailor your own clothes to you because none of us are the same shape! I heard a really cool quote the other day on a commercial for foundation. I don't remember exactly what they said but it was basically we each are a melting pot of our ancestors and our face is the combination of their faces looking back at you in the mirror. We each have a unique heritage and thus are different. Having clothes that fit make you feel more confidant so do it!

5 comments :

Just Jaime said...

Clothes pins! That is smart. Your tailoring is AWESOME! Love the flower too =)

Jordan McCollum said...

What a great job!! Cute pictures too.

Now I want you to put a peplum on it ;).

Tracy said...

This turned out so cute. You are adorable by the way ;)
I always have to tailor my clothes...I am 4'10" so I can never find anything that fits me properly.

Jodi McKenna said...

Wow!!!! You have inspired me. Your jacket looks fabulous and do-able. It gives me hope for some of my clothes!!!

Kelley said...

You make it look sooo easy!! I might have to give it try on one of my thrift store finds.

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