Friday, May 6, 2011

Under Construction

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There are certain things in my wardrobe, that despite having a "fancy" label, have no value to anyone but me. This Alexander McQueen piece is one of them. For starters, I bought it flawed. Then on its own the dress is actually quite dowdy--which is what attracted me to it in the first place. But I'm not going to continue having it altered to the point it becomes a form fitting dress. It's just what may be "ideal" is not always what's appropriate for me. Though going further, I should avoid buying things that require so much alterations. On that note, my Theyskens' Theory piece finally arrived, but requires a little nip tuck before it debuts. Does anyone else experience frustrations with having to get things altered?

22 comments:

  1. yes, I always have frustrations with having things altered. can't wait to see your theyskens theory attire. I tried on a blazer of his a couple of weeks ago, and it needed so much tailoring, but it was so gorgeous. that is the price you have to pay with high-fashion! love this mcqueen!

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  2. I definitely avoid buying things I need to alter, especially if it's extensive. It's also one reason why I don't like buying on the Internet because I need to know how something looks on me before I buy it. On the other hand, some people believe whole-heartedly in altering things for a perfect fit so I suppose everyone has a different level of tolerance for these things.

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  3. I have an Adam maxi dress I have lusted for since I saw it on the runway, it's currently in my wardrobe because I have to hack inches (many!) off it (because even in 5.5" heels I am tripping over it), which is such a shame, as it'll ruin the print on the skirt :( Why oh why am I only 5'4"?

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  4. Dowdy is not what I think. Stunning. Elegant. High art. Those are the words that come to mind! That color is incredible.

    I hate having things altered so I don't get anything that needs it done. This just translates into: I don't have a seamstress I trust. If I did, I have a number of things in my boxes that I'd like revamped.

    Can't wait to see the TT!

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  5. i don't see this as "dowdy", either (agreeing with Aesthetic Alterations' comment). i has a dark elegance that i appreciate. i think the dress is very you.

    frustration with having to alter things? YES. :(

    off topic: regarding my acne flex basement jeans (you commented that you like the cut of them)...
    have you tried on acne jeans? i can only vouch for this one pair i have, but i really love the leg width, soft but sturdy fabric, black wash, and slightly higher waist. they're my perfect jeans. i remember you've searched for your perfect pair- maybe acne for you, too?

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  6. that is stunning on you! you look amazing. the dress looks like an inspired AM take on the vietnamese ao dai, which is elegant and slinky without needing to be at all form-fitting in the Western sense. i am lucky in that i have a tailor who i can trust to do alterations. however, if a piece looks like it'll need major changes, i'll likely pass. taking in too-broad shoulders on a jacket, for instance, would cost quite a bit and would amount to major changes to the garment!

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  7. At this moment, I have in my sewing rom a stack of eight pairs of pants that need alterations or repair. So yeah, it's not a good idea for me to buy things that need altering. :)

    I am glad that I have some dressmaking skills, though, because at least I can alter things the way I want them to look.

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  8. It's definitely frustrating in a way (undoubtedly we're the happiest when we put something on, look in the mirror and see it's a perfect fit), but then for me it's also an interesting process of making the garment more "your own". Though I think I could never, ever have altered something as precious as your McQueen dress.

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  9. the colour on that is gorgeous, and the length perfect. what else would you have wanted done?
    i alter pretty much everything to get a perfect fit, from high street to high end. these are usually small tweaks though, not extensive reconstructions, since they're fairly expensive over and above the initial cost, and things never really turn out how i want it. i even took a sewing course and very quickly dismissed any grand ideas - no talent!

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  10. Aesthetic Alterations: A good seamstress is hard to find—the best way is usually through recommendations. My current one is pretty good, but my best one was when I lived in Miami.

    Style Odysessy, Aesthetic Alterations: Maybe the dowdiness is countered by the angle. But many of my favorite outfits are not very photogenic.

    Miss Sophie: My seamstress is Vietnamese and she mentioned how it looked like the traditional dress, but then said maybe it’s more Chinese looking. I think the ao dai is beautiful.

    Eva: Since the dress was already damaged it’s not as “precious.”

    Son: It could be taken in more and the sleeves shortened—but the thought of more alterations is scary.

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  11. Ah well, you should know by now my adventures trying to slim down my "to be altered" pile! I have learned a few things along the way though, it has helped me avoid buying things that will waste away in that pile. I keep in mind a list of things that are near impossible to alter well, or not worth the money and effort: shoulders taken in, knits and sweaters (Missoni, for example,) thick winter coats shortened. But things like pant hems, taking in pant waists, shortening jacket sleeves, those are all do-able so I always take that into consideration.

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  12. I love that dress! That color! That color is so perfect!
    After going through everything on MET blog about McQueen's Savage Beauty exhibition I hope I'll have time to watch all the shows in his archive. I really want to revisit all the shows.
    About alteration - I'm really hopeless actually. It takes a year or so for me to get a thing altered, so, I usually don't even buy things that need any kind of alteration.

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  13. This piece is stunning! I hate getting things altered, but when I buy online, I almost always have to get something nipped or tucked..

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  14. Which reminds me of myself. I'm rather lazy with alterations. Perhaps I don't really have the patience and the energy for such undertaking...

    meanwhile, your McQueen looks great on you!!! XXXX

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  15. I hate having to alter stuff and my mom's a great seamstress!

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  16. You look like a movie star in that dress --

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  17. That dress cuts an amazing silhouette! I always have to get trousers shortened which sometimes ruins the line of them. And sleeves on coats and jackets always need shortening too.

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  18. I wrote about you and this beautiful dress today :-).

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  19. I love it. I think it looks wonderful on you; certainly dowdy was not the first word to come to mind!
    Alterations are tricky. I have a disproportionate frame, so few things fit well off the rack, but I don't trust anyone to do my tailoring! So unless it's something I absolutely need, I pass on alterations...so frustrating at times, but it has helped me eliminate items I never wear from my wardrobe.

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  20. understand all the frustrations about alterations but really, it's just because we all have high standards and aren't out there buying custom made clothes. It's inevitable that things will need to be dialed in. Part of the drudgery of high standards, but well worth it!

    p.s.: If anyone has a good tailor, please share. I love Pasquales in LA for shoe repair. Also Alexis Reweaving on Pico in LA for the moth holes. It feels so good to maintain your favorite clothes.

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  21. The dress looks fantastic on you... but to answer your question I try to avoid buying things that require alterations at all costs (bar hems)! The alterations just never happen.

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