Posts Tagged: tailoring

The Lazy Gal’s Guide to Clothing DIYs

lazy clothing diy projects

Have you noticed that all posts on this blog that contain the abbreviation “DIY” also contain the word “lazy”? Let me explain why: IT IS BECAUSE I AM LAZY.

My friend Trinknitty is an amazing cook and craftswoman, and when I show up for her Crafternoon gatherings with my tote bag full of super glue and gas-station-purchased sewing kits, I make her cringe with my slapdash methods. And I’ve tried to change my ways. I have! But my DIY-ing preferences are set. If I want something done right, I hire a pro. If I want it done quickly and shoddily, I do it myself. read more

Originally posted 2011-08-29 06:08:52.

Reader Request: When to Make Shopping Compromises

When to make (and when to avoid) shopping compromises. (Think hemming, tailoring, and alterations.)

Reader Monica e-mailed me this question:

You’ve mentioned before that you’re lucky enough to generally be able to wear most clothes off the rack in a standard size. I have my share of fit challenges, being that I’m tall with long arms and legs. My shoulders are proportionally wide compared to my torso, I’m short waisted… you get the idea. Off the rack, very very few clothes fit me just perfectly. Because of this, I’m constantly trying to determine what constitutes “good enough.” Are these pants long enough? Do I love this jacket enough to cope with the sleeves being slightly too short? Is this shirt nice enough that it’s worth altering? Is it better to buy this tee shirt in a smaller size that’s not quite wide enough for my shoulders, or the bigger size that’s too baggy on my torso? I’d be very interested on your take about these questions if you have any thoughts. I am still working on developing my judgement about these issues, and it seems to be a frequent source of confusion for me. read more