Today I did a bit of clothing shopping. Originally, my plan was to go to my regular sewing group which meets on Mondays, but my morning's to-do list quickly ate up my day! When the afternoon errands put me in the vicinity of Coldwater Creek, I got sucked in.
First I make the rounds in the store, pulling things that might work and letting the ladies start a dressing room for me (they will take my choices from my arms and put them into the dressing room to await my arrival). Once I am sure I have seen all there is to see, it is time for the try-ons.
As is usually the case, I am between sizes on most of the tops I chose. The ladies who work there try their best to get me to go down a size...and I will humor them and try on the smaller sizes they bring...but in general, I buy the larger size. I can sew. I can shorten tops that are too long. I can raise the armholes as I take in the side seams when needed. Because almost invariably, those smaller sized garments are too tight. Not sausage casing, but tighter than I am comfortable wearing. I ended up with one Medium, 2 X-Larges, and the rest were Larges...and if they had had the XL tops in a Large, I would have gotten the smaller size. But they didn't. And I can sew.
The ladies there think I buy my clothes too big. But I know how to sew. I can make those clothes fit better than they did in that dressing room. And while I am not fond of alterations, I can make these changes quicker than I could make the tops from scratch.
Plus, everything was on sale. Big time. Buying the fabric to make these tops would have cost more than the tops did. Assuming I could even find these nice fabrics...
Anyway, I have a bit of sewing to do to make these tops fit me. But I didn't just walk away with nothing, nor did I end up with clothes that are too tight. A win. :)