Zara boys jacket sz 11-12 (altered, see below), thrifted skirt, DIY pocket square borrowed from Nick
When shopping, I tend to poke around in the girls department, but rarely if ever venture into the boys. Little girls' stuff is already iffy-proportioned for grown women, so I imagine boys clothing to be even further "off." Not to mention the effort of having to fabricate a "nephew" or "brother" that you're shopping for when clingy sales associates keep asking questions. However, after Kelly's post on shopping for boys blazers and her success with getting one tailored beautifully (see before and after), my eyes were opened up to this world of little jackets with slightly longer lengths and chest slots for fun pocket squares.
I tried on size 11-12 and really liked the warmth, the classic true navy color, the fit of the shoulders, and the casual longer length (perfect for wearing with skinny bottoms or mini skirts). However, the torso and sleeves needed to be re-shaped for a woman's figure. Work has had me so pressed for free time that I didn't want to add to the now daunting alterations pile (and had little faith in my DIY skills) ...but eventually gave in to the encouragement of my trusty shopping companions (had the pleasure of Wendy visiting too!).
After further evaluation in front of my mirror at home, I decided to:
1) Slim sleeves slightly (couldn't slim too much because I wasn't changing the armholes)
2) Shorten sleeves slightly
3) Take-in along the back seams to add shape to the torso
I followed the steps in this old tutorial for alterations 1 & 2, and did the following for 3:
Using fabric chalk, I marked where I would like the torso of this blazer to taper in the most (around my lower waist). I then opened up the lining of the blazer and transferred my markings to the inside of the wool material.
I drew out the new seams with chalk, keeping them smoothly curved and nipping in the most where I had marked the lower waistline. I made sure not to nip in too much to keep consistent with the "casual" style, but just enough so that it'd be evident there's a female under the garment. Please note; the photo below shows markings on the exterior of the jacket for demonstrative purposes only - the chalk markings and stitches are taking place on the inside of the jacket, behind the lining:
End result - boxy cut replaced by gentle curvature:
And to balance out the boyishness of this jacket, I added a dose of big bows for good measure.
On a related kids clothing note, I popped into Gap today and tried on some navy and white overload from the girls section (see my Instagram). The sweaters were too wide/boxy, but their canvas dot shorts were sturdy quality and $17 with code SPRINGAIR. I am trying sz 12 reg and it was a snug fit, so someone my size could probably factor in dryer shrinkage and go up to 14 (or 12 plus? Not sure how plus compares to regular). As with most kids' bottoms, I would not recommend these for anyone with curves in the hips or bum. The dot skirt with bow was cute in theory, but in my opinion too childish for someone my age. I am trying size 10/L because 12/XL wasn't available, and have the kiddy tulle part folded up (it's attached to the lining and should be easily removable). The elastic waist fit fine, but the short length combined with poofiness makes it prime for a windy day wardrobe malfunction.