When you are thrift shopping for clothes, which do you prefer: Shops that sort by color or shops that sort by size?
I've always been a fan of the stores that group by color, because sizes vary so much they're practically meaningless. As it is, I look through everything anyway, so it's more convenient when I can skip groups of things I wouldn't wear (yellow blouses, white pants, etc.).
Which is how I ended up with this skirt.
Loved the cheery cherry print, but a size 18W with a 42 inch waist? "No problem," I said to my husband, "I can fix that!"
Well, I might have been a little overconfident. Yes, I fixed it, but it was, definitely, a problem. I originally thought I could just take out two of the panels and reset the zipper. Then I noticed all sorts of top stitching, a weird hem with an extra strip of fabric on the inside (??? never saw that before), and an invisible zipper. Blergh.
After developing and disposing of Plans B, C, D, and E, I finally decided to just take it in on each side and insert a new zipper. Well, I say "just," but even that was more work than I'd planned. Picking apart that weird hem and then restoring it to some semblance of how it had been was a major pain.
Luckily, I saved myself another restitching headache by chopping off the waistband and replacing it with bias tape.
Now I'm ready to roll! I think it's time for a picnic.