The sweater, which is from Target’s Merona brand, was a size large. I took it in by sewing from the wrist to the armpit and then down to the hip. It now fits better than one off the rack since I could fit my hips, which are several sizes larger than my bust in ready-to-wear.
I shortened the skirt by removing the waistband and chopping six inches off of the top of the skirt. After taking each panel in to fit at the waist, I reattached the waistband. Shortening the skirt from the top kept it as full as possible. Not having to hand-sew the hem was also a bonus!
These alterations aren’t as exciting as making a vest from an old peacoat or Christmas decorations from sweaters, but they’re the bread and butter of my everyday sewing. I can’t imagine trying to shop – especially thrift shop – and being unable to adjust clothes to fit.
Do you like doing alterations, or are those the projects that never make it out of the to-do heap?