So that Mario shirt from two weeks ago? Found a flaw â€“ a potentially embarrassing flaws. But I am really glad I did because a little embarrassment now saves me major embarrassment at a geek friendly social occasion.
Itâ€™s tight. I already knew it was tight, but it clings. Since I have a belly, this also means it rides up. When worn with the new jeans just purchased from Old Navy, it especially rides up.
Itâ€™s a bad combo.
As awkward as it made my afternoon out, Iâ€™m glad I did it. Iâ€™m glad I momentarily flashed strangers the lace of my pantyline and in a couple cases the skin above my navel. Itâ€™s salutary to occasional have your notions challenged. Also, it informs me of potential wardrobe malfunction issues that might be a much bigger problem if, say, Iâ€™m climbing the stage before the next Doctor Who meetup or attempting to say something funny in the middle of a group. Itâ€™s a policy Iâ€™m going add to the â€œwear new shoes around the house for at least a week before wearing outâ€ policy.
Obviously Iâ€™m unlikely to ever be in an emotional place where I can wear a crop top. Not only do I have stretch marks from years of weight yo-yoing made worse by this yearâ€™s yo-yoing (prompted by surgery and exercise injury issues, not weight loss attempts), itâ€™s just too vulnerable for my tastes, especially given the condition I have that causes me to break out in hives on a regular basis. 1)Thatâ€™s also why I donâ€™t wear shapewear often. Life threatening.
But all is not lost! I have solutions!
I can simply wear a slightly longer tank top or T-shirt underneath. While it does solve my problem, it restricts movement more than I like. Also, it adds bulky layers and I already have an abundance of bulk. If there were an artistic way to build on this I would do so without hesitation, but mostly doing this makes me look like my torso is the result of someone going insane at the expense of a hapless pillowcase.
Extend the shirt. While my sewing machine is off to the repair guy right now, I do have a handheld sewing machine (you can get them at Target for $20.) Using it terrifies me â€“ it goes really fast and is not left-hander friendly. So I may have to wait until my machine comes back, assuming the source of the birdnesting is something easy and affordable to fix. Otherwise Iâ€™m probably staring down one of those $25 one stitch only machines because I just canâ€™t afford to replace it right now. In any case, I can use this time to figure out what color I want to use to extend the shirt â€“ at first I thought black but now I think a bright blue would give it a nice color-block look. I also need to make it so itâ€™s not too peplum like. Iâ€™m sure Iâ€™ll find something whether itâ€™s a stretch knit or a glittering spandex â€“ itâ€™s just a matter of making sure it looks good once it goes on!
The trial run – it’s a thing now
While I can figure out some outfit issues in a dressing room, not only do I hate dressing rooms, all too often the real problems of a given clothing piece do not visit until I get out and walk around in a given look. So rather than find out the day of that it allows my bra straps to slip out or that it rides up and exposes flesh, it’s best that I do a non-event run. This way I can decide whether to tape and chain or hack and stitch.
This, I suppose, is my new wardrobe hack: give it a test run. Determine the hacks your new piece might need. After all, we wear shoes to break them in and look for trouble that might not reveal itself at a store test. Why not do this with all of our apparel?
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