Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Same Stuff, Smaller Size

Today's makeovers are not drastic changes; the shirt is still a shirt, the pants are still pants, and the vest? Yep, still a vest. However, our menu today does feature my first-ever pants tailoring experiment, of which I am pretty proud. We begin with a pair of slacks, a button-down top, and a vest that were getting snug on me last year, but are now a few sizes too large. I'm afraid I don't have a before picture for the vest, but as I said, it started out about the same as it finished, just bigger.

Green Blouse - BeforeShrunken Pants - Before

The shirt and vest were simply taken in a couple inches on each side. Two quick seams each, and you're done!

Green BlouseThree Altered Pieces

I was a little more wary on the slacks though. I'd never altered anything so structured before. I began by turning them inside out and stitching straight up the side seams, taking in about 2 inches on either side. I tried them on again, and the waistband was now fitting better, but the legs were still too baggy. So inside out again, I pinned and stitched up the inside seam of one leg, around the crotch, and down the other leg. This took out about another 2 inches in each leg, and now they fit like perfectly!

Shrunken PantsShrunken Pants - Side

You may have noticed in these after pictures, I have enlisted my husband's assistance as a photographer. So hopefully, you won't be seeing bathroom mirror photos all the time anymore. Dear Santa, I want a new camera, a tripod, and a remote control, and a pony...

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