Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Trials and Tribulations

I've sewn.

Not much, and not exceptionally well, but well enough.

But I can mend like the best of 'em.

So when I saw these blouses for $5, it was a no -brainer.
No, they were not my size, but I could fix that.
They just needed to be taken in, and hemmed. No problemo.

After all, I've been looking for a white, button-down, 3/4 sleeve blouse for about 15 years.
(I know! You wouldn't think it would be so hard to find, would you?)

So out comes this bad boy:

dug out from the dredges of a closet I haven't seen the back of in at least 8 years.

While struggling with how to accomplish the 'fixing' of these blouses, I had to remove le machine, and all its paraphernalia from the kitchen table three times to feed the family. The cat is now sleeping on it/in it.

Aaaand then I discovered that these blouses have bust darts. So when I took them in, the darts were placed near my armpits. 
I have armpit darts.
I don't know how to fix armpit darts.

So, my $5 shirts are coming with me to Boston, to find a tailor, who hopefully can put darts where darts are supposed to live, for not a whole bunch of money.

Wish me luck.


  1. yeah...I don't know how to fix armpit darts either. Wish I could help. Your assignment - should you choose to accept it - will be to bring a camera with you when you show the tailor the armpit darts.

  2. You know, I've sewn clothing from scratch, but always been afraid to alter store-bought clothing. I should look for some $5 shirts - this way if I messed up the alterations I wouldn't feel like I ruined an expensive item. (I think that's part of my fear.)

  3. As for your armpit darts, I think the problem is that the shirts were taken in too many sizes. I'm not sure how much they were too big for you. But you can only take in a garment so much before you completely lose the proportions. Did you manage to get them fixed?

    Like Karen said, I can sew from scratch, or even design from scratch, but alterations (beyond a basic hem) freak me out.