Monday, April 25, 2011

Nip Tuck...

I was raised by Aunt Orangie to believe that one MUST have a new Easter dress... it is just an absolute right and privilege of being a girl.  So this year while shopping for my Easter ensemble, I happened upon a great Calvin Klein summer suit on the clearance rack at T.J. Maxx (yep, I guess this makes me a Maxxionista).  This terrific lightweight tan lined summer suit was marked down to $49... WHY, you ask?  Well, take a gander at what I saw when I headed to the dressing room... 

ADORABLE jacket... fit great.  But that SKIRT... Calvin, WHAT were you thinking?  My grandmother would not have worn this shapeless, too long, blob of a skirt.  It looked like a serious reject from my first "big girl" working wardrobe in 1988.  ICK.  The dilemma... put it back to languish in clearance purgatory, or see if I could give it a new and better life?

Never underestimate the power of a few great alterations.  There was a time when I thought tailoring was only useful to hem a pair of pants, but after enough TLC What Not To Wear marathons, I have discovered a new appreciation for my local tailor.  This is the only pic I got today of my actual skirt, and Aunt Christy accidentally cut our heads off, but you get the idea... and no, I'm not the cute one in the pink shoes.


My amazing alterations ladies chopped about six inches off the length, and "penciled" the skirt to bring it right back to the year 2011... SO much cuter, more flattering, and even with the tailoring I got a great suit for only $65.00... SCORE.  
Makes me feel like breaking out in song... 

In your Easter bonnet, with all the frills upon it, You'll be the grandest lady in the Easter parade...

Ok... singing is not my strong suit.  Anyway, if you are new here, don't miss out on my first GIVEAWAY... 
and have a marvelous Monday!


21 comments:

Kay said...

Brilliant! The skirt looks much better now--good work.

Vintage Girl NY said...

Great Shopping! When Im not thrifting , TJmaxx is my favorite place,. the clearance of course!!! Skirt looks great!

Paige @ Little White Chapel said...

Good choice to go to a tailor. They did a great job!

Kala said...

Wow, stunning:) So much better than what it used to me, you did good and for $65:):)

Vicky Bell said...

I don't get to see what not to wear anymore- as we got rid of cable in a cost cutting move... but I've long wished I would get chosen for that show. I loved the suit on you... it's so grown-up... and I'm still wearing jeans and tee shirts and old sneakers. Loved the post.

Julia said...

It turned out beautifully! Fantastic find.

laura@imnotatrophywife.com said...

Hi there- newest follower from tuesday hop. Would love a visit (and follow) back! Love the tutorials!

janyclaire said...

Nothing beats a great tailor! The whole outfits looked fab. Especially love the green shoes and jewelry, very nice!

Josephqxoo said...

Wow, stunning:) So much better than what it used to me, you did good and for $65:):)

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