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jeni_loves_you
« on: September 07, 2007 08:06:11 PM »

For a class I took last fall, we wrote poems that are included in a new anthology of poems, short stories, and essays written about the Big Island of Hawaii (where I live). Well, since the book came from the printers over the summer, we postponed the book launch until now. It's at the beginning of next month.

Here's the dilemma I'm having:
A friend of mine purchased this outfit for me to wear to the party. She also bought one for another friend because we've helped her so much this past year with the book and other things. Since she bought it on Ebay, and there's a good chance that it'll come in right before the party, I wanted to make sure I have options on how to alter quickly if the need arises. I'm not positive it'll fit. I heard from someone else that traditional salwars are made with extra fabric in the side seams and that it shouldn't be hard for me to let it out if I need to, but what about the sleeves? They don't look like they stretch.
So if it doesn't fit, how should I alter it if I'm not able to let it out enough? (or at all for that matter.) I thought I'd ask here because you're all crafty people and might be able to come up with creative ideas that won't take away from the look of the outfit too much.
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« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2007 06:35:07 PM »

What a lovely thought from your friend.  But I feel for you... it can't be a good feeling worrying about whether it will fit or not and not knowing how long you'll have to remedy any fit issues.  It sounds like your main concern is that it might turn out to be too small, which is the hardest thing to fix if it turns out there isn't anything to play with in the seam allowances.  Double check that eBay ad, as it seemed to have a reasonably detailed list of measurements and you might find you are worried for no reason.

As a worst-case-scenario I guess you will need to alter the outfit, possibly in a limited time.  If you could match or complement the fabric easily then just adding in a strip either side would probably be best, but if the cost and availability of fabric could be an issue with limited time to finish it off you might need another plan.  Perhaps ensure you have a comfortable, form fitting t-shirt or shell top in the same colour (or black) handy to wear underneath, and purchase a package or two of a nice satin ribbon in the closest possible colour match to the tunic.  Then, if the whole thing was too small you could undo and finish both side seams (including the sleeve) and add in a ribbon lattice/ladder to rejoin the seams but adding room.  My awful picture will hopefully explain what I mean:

The ribbon is something you could purchase ahead of time and get away with not having such a good colour match.  Also, if it turned out you didn't need it you can easily use it for something else and it won't feel like you've wasted money.

There are other more expert sewers than me around here... so hopefully before the outfit arrives you will be well-armed with plenty of options.  Congratulations on your published work and I hope the launch is a fabulous occasion for you!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2007 02:31:46 PM »

if it's really a bad case scenario you could just let out the under-seam on the sleeves.  or if there are pockets or some other extra fabric in the pants you could make a gusset.
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« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2007 02:46:27 PM »

That fabric will show if you let it out.  As a last resort, the pants and the stole will fit, the color is wonderful.  I am sure you will look beautiful.  I have some kameez that I consider seasonal - I cannot wear them during my fat season!

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2007 04:38:19 AM »

It looks like this is made in India.  Shalwaars (pants) usually don't have pockets, so don't count on that.  The pants are usually roomy and loose, but roomy enough for you depends on your size.  Pants are usually drawstring waisted, and frequently each pant leg is one piece, so no seam down the side.  The kameez is also usually a bit loose, although generally, looser on skinnier women and tighter on bigger women - as in, that's the local style of wearing them.  Why, I don't know.  Smiley

At any rate, if you fit within the measurements as posted, then there is a decent possibility that it will fit fine.

ETA:  Also, when I have my shalwaars made for me, the seamstress usually uses about an inch for seam allowance.  The ready mades at the stores also usually have about an inch for seam allowance.  And yes, we do also get imports from India here.
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« Reply #5 on: September 19, 2007 08:51:14 PM »

Thanks everyone! It came in and I'm supposed to go and pick it up from my friend's office tomorrow. (Well...Monday since I'll be out of town from tomorrow morning.) We'll see what happens.
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« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007 01:41:51 AM »

And...It fit! It actually fit perfectly despite the fact that I could have worn it as a dress if the slits on the sides hadn't gone up so high. LoL. I'm sure someone from the party has pictures so I'll go hunt them down.
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« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007 03:35:46 AM »

That's fantastic news.  Photos would be a bonus - hope your launch went well.
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2007 01:19:33 AM »

jeni, shalwaars are like that - basically a dress with a slit to the hips.  I know exactly what you mean.  Smiley  Glad to hear it fit well.  Smiley
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« Reply #9 on: October 30, 2007 01:26:11 PM »

Oh, good. I've been following this, and I'm a complete sucker for a happy ending.

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