What Would Tim Gunn Do?

I took a first pass through my closet yesterday, and I just couldn’t be as ruthless as I needed to be.  I’m going to make a second attempt today or tomorrow.

But I did get a great idea!  I was thinking how on the Tim Gunn show they completely alter existing clothes and make almost new garments.  When my mother died I inherited a lot of her clothes and among them this black cashmere coat. It’s too big for me, and too long, but I got the idea that if I shortened it to somewhere around the knee length it might work, and the bigness might be okay.  It’s only a little too big.

When I pinned it to see, it looked great.  The slight bigness works!  I think anyway.  Now I can’t decide if I should have it shortened to just below the knee or just above.  I was thinking below, but if I shorten it to above it would make it a more casual, every day coat that I can wear it with jeans, and I’d love to wear it every day.  It’s so soft and comfy.

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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3 thoughts on “What Would Tim Gunn Do?

  1. I think I saw this on “What Not to Wear”… A woman who was having trouble parting with sentimental pieces took a Polaroid photo of each item before getting rid or it and then made a little album with a short story about each piece and the story behind it.

  2. You have inspired me to clean and purge my closet. I also heard that if you put like things together, when you shop you will not be buying the same thing over and over. For instance I think I have 5 pairs of black dress pants and those are the things I look at when I shop. I really don’t need another pair.

  3. Nadine, that is a sweet suggestion.

    Karen yeah! I noticed I have plenty of pants, for instance, don’t need anymore pants, but I have not enough of anything else.

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