Alterations – Lofty Labors From My Sickbed



If you follow me on any of my social media platforms, you would have heard me bemoaning the fact that I am currently suffering the last death throes of this year’s revolting flu, and as such I’m off work for the rest of this week.

Now don’t get me wrong, I like having time off work as much as the next guy, but when your brain is melting out of your face and the misery of being ‘not well’ in that there’s-nothing-really-wrong-with-my-brain-but-my-body-hates-me sort of way has you going stir-crazy; well it is time to find yourself a distraction.

After a fairly epic sleep-in this morning and a failed attempt at making myself yaki-soba for breakfast (terrible, just terrible) I was trying to think of what I could be doing with myself until Monday. I thought about going out for a Pokéwalk, but despite being a gorgeous sunny day outside it was still cold and very windy and I cannot afford to let this bug get any worse. I thought about doing some online shopping, but that little voice inside my head sternly told me to back away from the computer. I was on the verge of doing something useful like vacuuming or going through my bookshelves when it struck me: Alterations!

I have an ever-growing pile of garments that are in need of alterations of some form or other.


Ordinarily I keep this pile fairly low, stitching buttons back on or adjusting hems when I have a bit of down-time and need a mindless task. It is really only the problematic and big jobs that wind up staying in the pile long-term.

So, faced with the prospect of four days at home on doctor’s orders, I decided today to pull out the pile of big jobs and to see just what I can achieve in my time at home.

I will absolutely have my work cut out for me though, because some of these big jobs aren’t just structural issues, like reinforcing the crotch on a pair of jeans I love without making them look ridiculous. Some of these are aspirational jobs. Like the pair of painters jeans. I’m not a painter, nor have I ever been a painter, but I want a pair of paint-splatters, roughed-up and broken in jeans like the ones you see painters wearing. There’s a few men’s fashion bloggers who have shown-off excellent examples over the years, and Ralph Lauren has produced some pretty passable dupes over the years.

Which has lead me to believing that I will be able to make my own painter’s jeans…

I’m not going to lie, I see this ending in me either traipsing paint all throughout my house, or me having to go and buy turpentine after I inevitably paint my legs through the jeans. But I am happy for the challenge, and either way it will get the jeans out of my alterations pile and back into circulation (or into the bin).

So that is how I will be spending the rest of my time off work, and I am excited to share the fruits of my alterations with you once they’re completed. I’m excited for the challenge, and by the prospect of having some ‘new’ garments to wear without having to spend any money (after purchasing the bits and pieces months ago). I’m also wondering if maybe some DIY videos would be attractive to my readers, so if that’s something that interests you let me know. I saw a great example by Nathan from Bangarang Blog a while back, and I’ve wanted to try my hand at them since then.