I bought this 70’s skirt from The Paper Bag Princess op-shop a while back – please help with my addiction, it doesn’t even fit! I loved the teal and turquoise colours, and I’m making a concerted effort to add colour to my wardrobe so the decision was easy really…..
…when I saw these massive seam allowances:
Looking closer, it has been taken in even further on one side. Whoever made the alteration removed half of the waistband, took in the R side seam, and sewed the waistband back together again – all to avoid interfering with the zip. This means the darts and tartan are both off-centre, something that Needs To Be Changed!
Today I finally got around to letting it out to fit. I practically unpicked the whole thing – although the original stitching was tidy, the later alteration was a bit RSB*
The skirt was basically returned to it’s original fit, the only change was to straighten the hip curve a bit. Unfortunately this meant resetting the zip – something I hoped I wouldn’t have to do as lapped zips are such a pain in the side seam!
So here it is, a much better fit:
I really like it with purple for some reason, and fuschia for a real pop:
And maybe I can make it work with my new golden
bargain investment from the House of G:
*RSB – this is a term my first employer used to apply to poorly made garments, or a machinist who favoured quantity over quality. I think it must be ‘old rag trade slang’, as this is the only time I’ve heard it used. Actually, she used a lot of these types of phrases – a whole new terminology to me, lol – but they still echo in my head and I think of her whenever the appropriate situation arises!
What? You want to know what the R, the S and the B stand for?! Ok then, it is rip, shit or bust!