Frame Le Garcon jeans | size 29, purchased 3/2014, still phenomenal
Everlane linen/cotton top | size small, purchased with credits from Everlane, altered
Everlane street shoe | gift from Everlane to review
Admonish curved leather tote bag | made in the US
Now that I’ve found a tailor I love, I can’t imagine how I ever lived without one. Seriously. I did have a good tailor in Atlanta (besides my mom), and never found one I REALLY really liked in Austin, but even so, I honestly didn’t really consider tailoring an option for much of anything besides jeans. Now, I’m at the tailor every week or so, bringing in new and old things for alterations I’d either given up on, or never considered.
When I took this Everlane linen/cotton shirt to be taken in at the sides (which turned out perfectly, by the way), I also took my Lanston dress (I’ve had it since 10/2011) and Splendid maxi dress (since 12/2013) in to be shortened. I’d sort of given up on both of those recently, because I’ve slimmed down just a teeny bit over the summer and as I have, they started to hang lower and lower so that I was stepping on the hems constantly. I considered getting rid of them both, but I’ve had them for so long, and I truly love them, so decided to try altering them instead.
My tailor took the Lanston dress up at the shoulders, and that makes SUCH A BIG DIFFERENCE!!! It’s not only shorter on me, but I fits so much better at the chest and under the arms. I just got the Splendid dress hemmed a teeny bit. I look forward to loving and wearing both of those dresses for quite a few more years now.
Next, I’m going to take in my Raquel Allegra slip dress in to have the straps shortened even more so I feel better about wearing it as a “tunic” come fall, which realistically suits me better than wearing it as a dress. And since reader Fiona successfully had the side slits on her Reformation dress sewn up a bit, I’m going to try that too, because I think I’ll wear it much more often that way…
That’s it for now, and for a while, I hope. Tailoring isn’t cheap, but if it helps me love the clothes I have already longer, then it’s money well spent in my opinion. And sometimes all it really takes is just a little tweak here and there.
Have you extended the life of your clothes by tailoring them? What was your favorite tailoring experience? Your least favorite??
Happy Friday. It’s been an exciting week here, no? Enjoy your long weekend if you have one!!