If you don’t know of Mrs Mole, then go here for hilarious tales from her sewing room: she makes her bread and butter at doing exquisite alterations of wedding gowns for prima donna brides-to-be and diva mothers-of-said-brides-to-be. She is, of course, a very skilled sewer and does alterations and custom makes for normal people too and documents each tailor made fitting in beautiful detail – kindly sharing her knowledge, tips, tricks and skill with us all.
I have often wondered and have actually asked Mrs Mole, why do people buy clothes that are too small for them?
Is it just to keep her in business? Is it a form of vanity? Did they not try the stuff on before paying? Do they not know what size they are?
There are apparently as many answers as questions. But it remains a total mystery to me..
What’s even more mysterious, is not why do people buy too small clothes, but why, oh why do some people MAKE clothes that are too small?
I didn’t dare be photographed in these, or at least the bits of me that could actually get into them , or rather the majority of me that bulged out over the top – it was not a pretty sight. It is the same jeans pattern that I have made just recently, but yet with different material, I got an entirely different fit (or NOT fit).
Lose 5kg – couldn’t be bothered
Add a wedge in the centre back seam – dodgy, what with that crotch curve and all. Would it look like a nappy (diaper)?
Add panels down both side seams – a la Mrs Mole – except, I had blarged ahead and sewn, over-locked and top-stitched them. And, because I always cut this pattern from 1.5m there’s not much left over for large scale ‘fixes’.
Throw them in a corner and forget all about them – dead on. Best idea yet. However, I have (a very small) stash of dusty pinks bought with the intention of making up some tops to wear with these. Not to finish the jeans would mean wasting more fabric.
After sleeping on it, I spent a therapeutic morning with the seam ripper. Dug out some smallish strips of meagre leftovers and cut some wedges to sew into the side seams.
We’re not out of the woods yet. I’ll let you know….. After the success of Ziggi, there’s nothing like a crash to bring one back down to earth. I now have a tonne of wee bits of threads to pick up off the floor too.