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To consider altering my uniform so it fits better?

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QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 13:14:55

I have to wear a company provided uniform for work. It's a shirt and trousers but neither of them fit very well. (I'm always getting nagged to tuck my shirt in when it won't actually tuck in, for example.)

I was thinking about making the shirt a bit longer so it'll actually tuck in, re-sewing the sleeves because they feel twisted (one shirt, but it drives me bonkers!) and putting some darts in the trousers so they're no so baggy around the bum/thighs.

I've not mentioned it to work yet because I don't think they'll care. The sewing will be done to a very high standard and I think it'll make me look smarter. Would it be unreasonable?

bookishandblondish Sat 02-Jul-16 13:16:09

Does your uniform have any safety aspects - if so no.

Otherwise I reckon go ahead.

finova Sat 02-Jul-16 13:16:36

No go for it!

EatShitDerek Sat 02-Jul-16 13:17:05

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EastMidsMummy Sat 02-Jul-16 13:17:57

What's a peplum???

QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 13:20:05

No safety concerns. I'm sick of feeling like a bag lady when I wear it!

Moltenpink Sat 02-Jul-16 13:23:00

How would you lengthen the shirt? I have the same problem with my uniform. I did get my trousers taken in to fit.

EatShitDerek Sat 02-Jul-16 13:23:01

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sepa Sat 02-Jul-16 13:25:28

Yes. If it's anything like the ones my work provide then I would alter it (sounds similar to ours with shirt & trousers)

QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 13:28:47

I was going to let the hem down on the shirt. I think I can get an inch or so from it.

If not, I have a matching shirt with a rip in it that I could take a bit from. I was thinking about adding a piece into the sleeves anyway so they sit better.

FolderReformedScruncher Sat 02-Jul-16 13:45:51

I've got two pairs of jeans that are too long and a pair of curtains that need running up if you've got the time OP grin

You sound handy with a singer so crack on I say!

Comedyusername Sat 02-Jul-16 13:52:12

Sounds like a good plan, but if it was me, I'd make a pig's ear of it ask my manager first

QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 14:00:08

I will check first, just wanted to make sure I wasn't bonkers to even be thinking about it.

LilacInn Sat 02-Jul-16 14:02:08

Wish I had your sewing skill!

Can't imagine mgmt objecting to a smarter employee. Go for it!

ThumbWitchesAbroad Sat 02-Jul-16 14:02:16

YANBU to alter it to fit.
But, I wouldn't ask, I would just do it and wait to see if anyone mentions it (could almost guarantee they won't).

Do you own it, or does the company? I suppose that might make a difference if they did notice...

Sgtmajormummy Sat 02-Jul-16 14:14:47

Go ahead and alter it. A dart or a stitch here and there will only make you look smarter in their uniform.
My school blouses were all stitched up the front button panel to avoid boob tension/gaping and make them easier to iron.
An extra tail on the bottom of your shirt won't be seen if you're tucking it in. But material added to the sleeves might be noticeable. I wouldn't do that.

ZippyNeedsFeeding Sat 02-Jul-16 14:18:48

I'd do it.
I wouldn't tell anyone though, in case they wanted you to alter theirs as well!

whois Sat 02-Jul-16 14:20:57

Not U at all. Do it, you'll look and feel much better.

MiffleTheIntrovert Sat 02-Jul-16 14:23:05

I do this with my DCs' school uniform. Some of it is cosmetic and some of it essential as they're too skinny even for the smallest sizes which really fucks me off at £60 for a blazer and £32 for a skirt and I have lots of DC.

Go for it!

QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 14:26:44

The company own it but they don't seem bothered about it. I have a couple of old shirts and a pair of worn out trousers sitting in my wardrobe that should go back for recycling but the manager keeps telling me to chuck it in the bin!

MiscellaneousAssortment Sat 02-Jul-16 14:42:12

Go for it. But, and this is very important... Don't tell anyone.

Then people will boggle enviously at your natural style and beauty. '

How does she carry off that hideous uniform?'
They'll say
'it makes me/ everyone else look like a sack of potatoes'

And you can bask in the glow of being that stylish woman with all that style and grace grin

QuestionableMouse Sat 02-Jul-16 17:37:56

I did a quick pin if my trousers and taking them in is going to make me look thinner! Win right there lol!

IJustLostTheGame Sat 02-Jul-16 17:42:46

I did it with my work shirt. I'm norky with a little waist. I had to order a size up as otherwise I'd bust out of my shirt. The larger size makes me look very baggy, as though I'm wearing a boyfriend shirt.
I redid the darts and the side seams.
It was a bugger though. I hate slippery polyester.

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