I love it when this happens! Originally £75, this was reduced to £50, and then £25. But seriously, that was a big hole, two of them in fact! The shop assistant was obviously amazed that I was prepared to buy it at all, asking me incredulously: ‘you have noticed the big hole in the front, haven’t you?’. Well, doh! Yes! ‘I can sew…’ I replied, fairly confidently. She was still mystified. But still, £25 seemed a lot to pay for something no one else was likely to buy. I haggled a bit further and got it for £15 🙂 Hurrah! The sleeves made me do it!
It’s pretty much the exact same style as my last ‘reduction’ bargain, see here. The peplum must be a bit of a scrapper by nature I guess. Especially when a coat hanger or two goes awry… This repair wasn’t quite as straight forward however. It turns out this ‘trick’ is a lot less subtle when you’re working with a lighter-coloured knit.
I was tempted to do this on my overlocker, but at the time it was threaded up with black thread, and I couldn’t quite face rethreading it. I was also uncertain as to whether it would ‘lie’ right. Anyone else tackled something like this on their overlocker? Anyhow, I did it by hand. Not sure if you can make it out, but it’s ended up a bit wonkier than I would have liked. However in reality who’s going to be looking this up close? From a distance it looks just fine. I figure if anything, it’s the sleeves that will be attracting all the attention. A white jumper isn’t something I would consider buying normally, but with our crazy weather of late (today we’ve gone from sunglasses to hail to snow (!?) to tipping it down with rain and back, just now, to sunglasses again…) So actually, a light colour with a bit of warmth might be just the thing! Even if I have to wear a vest underneath for a while.
29 thoughts on “Shopping Revelations 4”
Nice one! You do get the best buys from the shops! And the repair is completely fine, I didn’t even notice the location of it anymore.
Thank you! It’s funny how I now look for ‘defects’ when I go shopping…
Fantastic! The sleeves are brilliant, really eye catching and as for the hole….what hole?
Ahhh, thank you! It is a little more obvious ‘in the flesh’ but I’m pretty sure nobody’s going to really notice 😉
Impressive fix and haggling skills! Peplums looks great on you👏
Thank you! I figured it was worth haggling as they’d probably be glad to get rid of it…
Great repair job! It’s a really pretty top!
Thanks. The sleeves are especially pretty 🙂
What a steal I think you repaired the hole very well I don’t see any wonkyness at all. Sleeves are very cool, it looks very nice on you.
Thank you, even better because it was such a bargain!
A great little repair – what a bargain x
Thank you! I love finds like this 🙂
Good work, so good being a sewist.
Isn’t it just? 🙂
A peplum suits you. I’m impressed with your haggling never mind the sewing! Haha no your sewing is great, I can’t tell that you did anything!
I think the photos are being a little kind, it’s not perfect but close enough! I don’t normally haggle, but it was a BIG hole 😉
Lucky you! It’s a very pretty top.
Thank you! I do love a bargain!
Well gone girl! Looks fantastic especially on you! Saying this your garments always look great, the big smile you give us always makes your posts jolly too! Keep looking our for bargains, and sewing…
Best wishes, Jay x
That’s very kind of you! I look awkward if I attempt any other kind of ‘look’, so a big smile it is. Always make you feel more positive too…
That top really suits you, and a bonus that it was such a bargain! It’s uncanny that it has the same fault as the other – I hope your not sabotaging clothes that you want to buy, lol 😂
Ahhh, you saw through me 😉 And there was me blaming the hangers…
Great sleeves and mending skills!! Bargain!
I know, so pleased with it 🙂
Very impressive, well done you for getting a bargain and making such a great job of repairing it!
It’s not as good as my previous repair job, but suspect no one will ever notice…
I think you are brave taking projects like this on, but you can fix them so no one would ever know! I love a bargain too.
Thank you, I was delighted with this one 🙂 It kind of makes shopping more fun, spotting something to work on too and of course it’s very wallet-friendly…