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A Hack-with Job

Hackwith Design House blouse

It's your wardrobe β€” make it work for you!

How I altered this Hackwith Design House blouse to suit my style.

 This is the original tunic blouse by  Hackwith Design House . So effortless! So PJ-chic! So... not what I thought I wanted.

This is the original tunic blouse by Hackwith Design House. So effortless! So PJ-chic! So... not what I thought I wanted.

I recently succumbed to another sale and bought a black tencel button-up tunic from Hackwith Design House. I'd been eying it for a while for it's notched lapel and swingy shape. It almost reminds me of a traditional PJ top. And of course it was final sale, but I thought, what could go wrong?

Well when it came in the mail I just wasn't sure. What I did love was the notched lapel neck and the boxy cut. But the tunic length. As much as I tried, it just felt like an oversized smock, like when you were in kindergarten and you'd wear people's dad's reject button down shirts to do tempera painting. It's a look, but also as one of my very stylish and southern friends would say, "It's a lotta look."

So after some *hemming* and hawing, I decided to *hack* off the bottom of the Hackwith top. 

I liked the blouse tucked into pants and skirts, but at tunic length, there was just so much extra fabric to shove down the waistline. I decided to keep the same shirt-tail shape of the hem, but move it up about a foot. The result is a cropped, swingy top I can wear untucked or tucked, which fits my style much more than the tunic. This isn't an exhaustive how-to, but I did snap some photos along the way.

 The altered Hackwith Design House shirt.

The altered Hackwith Design House shirt.

And then after all the scary cutting part, you hem. The tencel fabric this shirt is made from was easy to work with. I took the time (always take the time) to press (iron) the hem under about 1/4", and then another 1/4". The curved parts of the hem are especially tricky to sew without getting it all bunched up. This is where pressing is imperative to success. I had to rip out a few seams that got messed up, so be prepared to make mistakes. If this were a straight hem it would be a lot easier, but I liked the shirt-tail look. Press it all when you are done, trim the ends of the threads, and then you have a new shirt! I also sewed in a little snap above the top button to keep the neck from opening too low. It's invivisble from the outside but keeps the lapels together just so.

Altering older things to make them new again makes sense, but altering something brand new can be scary. Sure, it is how the designer intended, but the designer doesn't know me or my needs or my body. In this case, faced with final sale, it was either alter or sell, and I had enough confidence to do the former. Have you ever altered any of your clothes like this? It can be so rewarding. I'd love to hear about things you have altered or had tailored to make them work better for you.