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HAPPY Tuesday my dears!!  How’s life treating you?  I am getting over a sinus cold that had me in the house most of the weekend and am behind on my grad school work (what’s new there?, lol), but otherwise life is rather lovely for me this week so far :-).

As much as I’d love to live in a world where every garment fit every body just as they’d like, that’s just not the case. Over a year ago, I won an eShatki dress over on Gorgeous In Grey by the lovely Ty, and picked out a green peplum dress.  However, when it arrived, it did not fit the way I hoped, as I mentioned in this post.  On top of that, the cleaners melted the zipper at the top of the dress, which meant major alterations were needed. After almost a year, I had my best friend’s aunt cut the top of the dress off and replace the zipper, but the skirt still had a bit of an asymmetrical fit.  I wanted it to be more of a pencil skirt, so Saturday night, while home sick, I decided to be my own seamstress, which is so HARD, lol.  My alterations didn’t come out perfectly (I only know how to sew clutch covers, lol), but I am pleased with the final result! :-).

Vest:  Levi’s- vintage from Goodwill (similar); Brooch: Monet (similar); Shirt:  Joe Fresh (similar); Belt: Unknown- Marshall’s; Skirt: eShakti; Clutch:  ASOS (same clutch, different color); Red and White Polka Dot Clutch Cover: Clutched & Covered; Shoes: Valentino- thrifted from Buffalo Exchange (similar)

Nail Polish:  Julep Maven Matte Suede- Hailee

Like my peplum dress turned skirt, my life has gone through major alterations, especially in the last 4 months, and while making alterations aren’t easy, I am finding them to be very necessary.  Whether it be things, relationships, careers, negative energy, etc, let’s not be afraid to alter our lives that we may constantly find the perfect fit for our lives in that moment.  As we continue to live and grow, alterations will be needed. Sometimes, we have clip away pieces of fabric from our lives so that we can live a life tailor made for us. 

Do you believe in getting your clothes altered?  or Do you think clothes should fit you right off the rack?

  • http://adivamomsjourney.blogspot.com Kerissa

    Love the color and fact that it/was a peplum dress. I do get clothes altered as my weight fluctuates a lot between a size 6 and 4 so I have to get the waist adjusted in many of my clothes. Usually when I go thrifitng I find skirts that are to big in the waist. Change them to elastic bands and viola I’m ready to wear them all over again.

  • http://www.somekindoffabulous.co.uk Some Kind Of Fabulous

    Oh I wish I was handy with a sewing machine but I’m way to clumsy. You’ve done a great job of creating that Peplum skirt. Wearing it with the polka dot clutch gives it a gorgeous vintage look.
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  • http://www.thecitizenrosebud.com Bella Q, The Citizen Rosebud

    Lovely! I love the color and you not giving up on a garment but salvaging it- job well done!
    Glad your health is better. Wishing you lots of “peplum” sun!
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  • http://www.cherrieamore.com Cherrie

    You did a great job altering it! It looks fine to me. And the outfit is cute as usual!! I believe that clothes should never have to be altered right off the rack because you have to spend extra money to get it altered. If I get something for like 3 bucks at the thrift store, I dont mind spending money to alter it or alter it myself!
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  • vizionheiry

    I can’t believe you thrifted those shoes from Buffalo. Who would give them up? *gag* Yes! Perfect alteration!

  • http://www.mispapelicos.com/2012/04/black-necklace-diy.html SACRAMENTO

    I also retouch most clothes I buy, lol
    You are stunning everytime.
    Much love always, my dear Rocquelle
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
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  • http://minister-of-style.com Cathy aka Minister of Style

    There is nothing about this outfit that I don’t love! From the denim vest which takes some of the dressy off to the blue Valentino pumps this look is fab. And don’t even get me started about the locs…you know how I feel, lol
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  • http://www.embracingtherealme.com/ Carsedra

    I love how you turned this into a skirt and I love how you styled it!!!

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  • http://ulla-marie.blogspot.com Ulla-Marie

    Ofcourse you are lovely

  • http://fashionwashere.net Taliah

    Oh my! That skirt and shoes…so adorbs and chic!!

  • http://www.ladyofashion.blogspot.com FASHION TALES

    Well, the peplum looks very nice on you so that’s what matters. I really love the colour!
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  • http://made-to-travel.com Jamillah

    Um, I LOVE the way the skirt came out. you need to live in it, the color and cut are so pretty on you.

    Can I just say I think you are writing way more and I am loving it. That little paragraph on alterations is really pretty and thoughtful and TRUE! Love you friend.
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  • http://heidihastings.wordpress.com/ Heidi Hastings

    WOW! What a fun look! I love how you turned the peplum dress into a skirt! It looks amazing with those heels and the belt!!!

    :)
    Heidi

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  • http://Www.godsfavoriteshoes.com GFS

    I love your new skirt! It’s amazing!!
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  • http://www.BrillianceOfB.com Brittany

    I heard a lot about eShakti.com! I’ll be trying them soon. I love the alteration though!

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  • http://singaturestyle.blogspot.com/ Sing

    Good thing you didn’t give up on it, it’s now a great piece. I won a dress from Shabby Apple I had my mom alter for me. Nice to always take a step back and see if you can alter something before you get rid of it.

  • http://www.imperfectconcepts.com tasha

    Love the alteration. I wouldve never know it was a skirt.
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