Ann Taylor Factory Tweed Suit, sz 0 regular (alterations shown below)
Ann Taylor Petal Shell (old) (similar here in petites)
Chanel M/L flap
As a continuation from this post, here is my tweed suit post-alterations. It's a bit mature and formal when worn as a set, but extremely versatile as separates. One of the first things I look for in a suit is the ability for each piece to shine on it's own. These were the alterations done:
And the cost of a perfectly-fitting suit? Suit: $56 (on clearance from $200-ish) Alterations: $100
For such a large alteration job, my tailors had me do a second fitting before "finishing" (ie. sew up hems) the suit. The skirt and sleeves were not slim enough, so they fixed that before we had one final fitting. I was thankful they left the hems unfinished when I arrived, to spare me the stress of having to ask for re-alterations.
I just wanted to clarify - I'm not recommending that anyone go out and buy a suit that is several sizes too big and spending double the amount on alterations. I fell in love with this texture, took a risk, and it (thankfully) paid off, but I've had my fair share of failed & costly alterations. In general, it's risky to get structured pieces (jacket, suit) altered anything more than 1-2 sizes.
Linen Tweed Pencil Skirt in petites that looks like a gorgeous warm-weather material. I'm keeping that on my watchlist for the next big sale. Wonder if the tweed blend will counteract crinkly issues that plagues most linen garments?
this post and this post), I have decided to part with that one. Please email me and leave a comment if you are interested in buying the BB Dakota skirt. Size 0, lightly worn, selling for $30 plus shipping to US buyers.