One of the boxes I unpacked the other week contained a Ruthie sewn matching jacket, skirt and trousers in a great greeny grey linen look fabric. I tried the pieces on and realised the fit was not bad except just a little loose around the waist. I had a think about it and this is what I have done.
too large around the body, closed with loops and buttons, had a little
section of stitching undone in one sleeve.
Fix: Unpick one sleeve
hem, part of the armhole seam, resew the sleeve seam which had come
undone, resew the armhole seam. Next unpick the section with the button
loops, resew. Turn everything back out and restitch the sleeve lining by
hand. Mark and sew buttons holes in front, fray check, allow to dry,
cut open with buttonhole chisel.
Problem: Slightly too large at the waist, elastic waist not very smart for a work skirt.
Unpick a little of the waist casing, unpick the elastic, shorten by two
inches, rewes elastic, resew casing. Take the loops removed from the
jacket, and sew them at the side seams of the skirt waist casing as belt
loops. Wear skirt with smart dark green leather belt hiding elastic
Problem: slightly too large at waist.
Fix: Wear trousers with smart dark green leather belt slightly pulling in loose waist.
I think these were the trousers from New Look 6114.
trousers in particular still need defuzzing, and my little device for
this has flat batteries and I can't find the battery charger.
However I can wear the skirt and jacket as a soft summer suit to work now.