Thursday, 13 December 2012

Tailor Made

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shirt - lacoste, skirt - sisley, belt - vintage, shoes - primark

This outfit is brought to you by it's-too-cold-to-leave-the-house-itus. The skirt is another Sisley item I purchased online recently, and again it is just ever so slightly too big. After being too lazy to send it back and order the next size down I have decided that I am going to get it tailored so it fits my waist perfectly. I have way too many items that are nearly perfect but not quite in my wardrobe, and they always end up staying on the hanger. 

It feels silly to spend probably a third as much again as the skirt cost in the first place, especially as I just should have really sent it back, but it's too late now and I'd rather a more expensive skirt that I wear all the time than a slightly less expensive one I hardly wear at all. My drycleaners has done some alterations and mending for me before, and they are rally good so I know my skirt will be in good hands.

Have you ever had an item of clothing tailored to you, and do you think it was worth it?

18 comments:

The Postcolonial Rabbit said...

I've had a few things custom made by tailors in Bangladesh (including my evening reception dress for my wedding, from an old sari, for about £10!) I'm also lucky in that there's a lovely girl in Southampton who runs her own alterations service and is very reasonable, so I often now get things hemmed/tweaked for £5-£10. It's definitely worth it. I hate the discomfort and fiddling that comes with something not fitting quite perfectly!

It's a lovely skirt and one that won't age quickly so worth the extra investment :)

daisychain said...

That skirt is beautiful! I think sending it back for a smaller size wouldn't give a better fit than some good tailoring can :) x

Abby Mifsud said...

These photos are so dreamy next to the window. It's good that you stayed inside :) The shirt brings out your eyes, which are so lovely and the skirt actually brings out your lips :). In the last few years I started getting my trousers tailored and now that I'm preparing to job hunt I have a tailored shirt and suit jacket. I really love it and wish I could get all of my clothes that way. I feel like I carry myself better. <3

Jodie said...

You look fantastic like a winter fairy :)
I've never had things tailored but I alter almost all my clothes myself (the curse if having and out of proportion chest)
X

Katie Frank said...

lots of my clothes were tailored. yea, it was worth it because i'm too skinny and lots shop have not my sizes so why not :)
you look amazing ! <3 i love this skirt. it has beautiful colour :) <3
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Mat said...

i've used a tailor for some years now, not often but say once a year. usually for smart trousers and stuff like that but i know people who use them every month. it's a pain when it has to be done but it means that if they listen to you then you will get a perfect job done. i had to change mine as the first guy just seemed to get it wrong every time.

Steph said...

I love to buy a size up and get it tweaked to fit my body! I do a ton of shopping on e bay and that is how I get things to fit!

Maria Fallon said...

I adore this skirt! I have never used a tailor but I really should!

Maria xxx

PinkBow said...

I like this colour combo very much. I use a dressmaker quite often but usually just to have dresses taken up

Et tu, tutu? said...

Beautiful outfit! I wear a denim shirt with pants the same colour as your skirt. Love the colour combo!

-Lindsey

Hazzelnut said...

Think the tailoring is ultimately a better idea than sending back. This way you can get the absolutely perfect fit!

MrsDinosaur said...

Looks great.
I have used a tailor last month. My new dress was to long.



Mrs.Dinosaur

P.s.: Your blog is very nice!

Chloe Likes To Talk said...

I've never had anything tailored- I'm not confident in doing myself either, sometimes it's easier for me to make the whole thing myself than alter something. One thing I have realised though, is that if you spend your hard earned cash on something whether it costs £20 or £200 then you owe it to yourself to look after it- whether that's spending a little more to make sure you can wear it at it's best of or regularly polishing *that* pair of shoes.

I do love the skirt by the way, gorgeous colour, and it looks awesome with the shirt.

Alice said...

That skirt will look gorgeous once it has been tailored. I know I have far too many 'not quite' right fitting clothes too, it would be lovely to be able to alter them to fit xxx

shipshapeandbristolfashion said...

I haven't had anything tailored but there are so many items I've (attempted) to take in myself, but I think I really should take most of it to my drycleaner!

SabinePsynopsis said...

Such beautiful phtos, Harriet! I think it's well worth it... Most of us don't have a 'standard figure' (and your waist is TINY) - and a well-fitting item is ever so much more wearable. xo

Kimberlee said...

I have to tailor almost all of my pants since I'm so short so it's not a strange thing to me if I have to tailor an item. If it doesn't fit perfectly but it's not worth tailoring then it ends up in my closet for a few months until I say "i need to donate this!"

If the item is something you'll wear over and over then it's worth tailoring but sometimes you gotta except it wasn't meant to be.

Lauren Glossary said...

Yup! You still do the cutest outfit posts! That button-up is epic. Want one like that! Hope you have a wonderful holiday season Harriet x