I finally re-sorted my clothes over the weekend to optimize my closet for the spring. In digging through the storage bins I rediscovered some old pieces and it got me thinking about my current wardrobe. I’m still well-stocked, but ever since I started running, a large portion of my button-down shirts now fit a lot looser than before. My main work pants are too big at the waist and several of my dresses fit differently at this new size. I am happy about what I’ve achieved, but it does present a new challenge–what should I do with my now-ill fitting clothes?
Since I still love my current wardrobe but just have issues with fit, I’ve been attempting to save as many of them from the donation pile as much as possible. I also would prefer not to re-buy things like work pants (which I can find for under $40, but still)–the current pairs I own still have much wear to go; they just need to be taken in at the waist. I decided to pinpoint the clothing that needed alterations and visit my local seamstress to get her opinion.
On Saturday I brought the following top and pants to the seamstress. She chopped off the 3/4 sleeves into this length and took the waistband of the pants in.
Top: Lands End 3/4 sleeve breton top, chopped to short-sleeves
Pants: Target Mossimo ankle pants
Shoes: Cole Haan “Laurel” penny loafers
I had her cut the 3/4 sleeves up because I generally dislike 3/4 sleeved tops. I feel that the forearm-length of most of those tops restrict my movement. I actually wanted her to cut it to right above my elbow, but she ended up chopping it a little too short. I think it will still be usable in the summer as a relaxed-fit top even though I’m not entirely enthused about the sleeve length. That’s a learning experience right there–be more direct and specific when discussing lengths. I should have folded up the sleeve to exactly where I wanted it instead of gesturing vaguely at my arm.
The work pants were last year’s now-too-loose-pants taken in with a simple folding of the waistband at the sides. It’s not the most elegant or pretty fix, but I think it should do the job and allow me to save money instead of having to re-buy smaller pants. If the folds are comfortable enough for all day wear, I’ll get the other pair of pants taken in the same way and I should be good to go for work.
As soon as it gets a bit warmer I’ll be test-driving my “new” old clothes. I also brought a few more pieces in for tailoring so you might see those over the next few months as they re-incorporate into my wardrobe for the changing seasons. I’m excited to see how much I can save by altering or if I can even improve the fit so I want to wear my clothes more! What do you think? How do you determine if alterations are worth it on a particular piece of clothing? At what point would you decide to simply re-buy, donate, or start over again?