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Mad for Magenta

orangemagentamix I saw this top at Value Village once when shopping with my mother and a friend (whom I ran into while I was there go figure!) and as I recall its by Reitmans, a large. Unfortunately it was quite a big large in the shoulders but I began tinkering with it in the mirror at the end of an isle as my mother walks by and nods “Yup its do-able” … she knew what was going through my head.

I still find it amusing and somewhat rewarding that after 29 years I was able to teach my mother something instead of the reverse. In being gutsy and bold, I feel no risk in cutting into an item of clothing, no remorse if I start stitching this and that. Without knowing the official “rules” of sewing and alterations, I am able to do things like this. Now more and more my mother is excited to tell me she altered something thinking like I would!

Just the other day she was fussing with a dress, one of these fabulous multi print – mixed fabric numbers by Desigual – unfortunately with our 5’2 height they can be very hard to pull off without looking even shorter. I came over and started analyzing it after she gave me the few thoughts she had. I grabbed it on both sides below the waist and hemmed it with pins temporarily. “Just needs to go up here so you don’t lose all the bottom details”… “Ha!” she says, “I knew you’d know how to fix it.”

This top wasn’t all that complicated to alter. Yes its a knit, and we don’t “alter” sweaters… this girl does.

Based on having very narrow shoulders and a small frame, I simply put somewhat of a dart down the back of the shoulder equally on both sides. When I wore it to work no one even realized that changes had been made. Yes looking at this photo you can see that the original seams don’t line up the way a normal shoulder does, but its something that only I would notice. Paired with this fun infinity scarf and my favourite bright orange GAP skirt – couldn’t help but wear my magenta pumps to be super matchy-matchy!

Converted Jumper

2014-08-24-009Converted Jumper

As much as I love the jumper or romper look, my body structure does not allow for it. My body is simply too long! I have the same issue with one piece bathing suits! Now in my thrifting adventure recently in Ottawa for Value Village’s half price day, I found a few gems that I thought were really unique. This jumper for instance, I knew in the back of my mind it probably wouldn’t fit but it was one of those things I just had to have. Naturally when I got home and tried it on properly it was as expected, unless I wanted to give the world a show, it was not going to cover all the necessary parts.

Not to worry though my thrifty friends, if there’s one thing I know how to do its using scissors! (insert evil cackle here) I have scared many individuals in the past with my bold attitude when it comes to cutting clothing and hair, including my friend Julia whose face was absolutely priceless watching me simply chop the sleeves off a white tshirt I wanted to wear that night. It was a great combination of horror and sadness, as if the shirt was a living thing and I just butchered it.

Back on a lighter note to this jumper. Standard black tube top attached to light flowy pink print pants. They were miles too long unfortunately but that’s an easy fix with a quick hem. I’m not crazy about elastic waistbands but for the look I envisioned I figured I would find a way to mask it. In the future I’d like to add a more loose, thicker white elastic or stretchy fabric to the top so it can sit more on my hips than on my waist. I feel it makes my hips look bigger than they need to be. For the first day out in these “new” pants I paired it with a $2 Mossimo blouse I found on the same trip to match – paired with a thick belt, scarf and bold jewellery.