Thursday, February 19, 2009

Shell Game: Grey pants from Gap

I've been doing this project slowly for a couple of years now.

I buy clothing, alter it in little quiet ways that are not outwardly visible, and then return it.

The clothing is from basic, mid-level mall-type stores: Gap, Express, Banana Republic, etc. This is a before picture of some pants I just got from the Gap.

Here is what they looked like inside-out, before alteration. They have this great layer of black lining that only goes down about three quarters of each leg. I look for elements like that, because it makes it so easy to add things without stitches showing on from the outside.

I sewed a couple of shoulder-pads into the lining of the pants, so they would hit just the right spot to be knee-pads.

I am a little concerned about returning them, because although they are not really visible from the outside, you can feel their odd squishy addition when you fold them.

I have been telling myself that it is unlikely that someone working at the Gap will be folding so conscientiously. Still, a coworker of mine has offered to return them for me, and I think I will take her up on it. Hopefully tomorrow.

This is what they look like now, when turned right-side out. They hang a little differently, but it is really the feel of them that has me looking for a proxy-returner.


  1. Why do you do this? It makes no sense. Don't you have better things to do with your time than alter clothing and cheat stores out of money? You might considering getting some help.

  2. why would you read a blog you're not interested in, and then make an insulting comment? don't you have better things to do with your time than listen to yourself "speak?" You might consider looking up the word "art."