Long story short I’ve ended up with a nice dress sheet that’s a size too big for my horse. Seller won’t take it back and I doubt I’ll get my money back by selling it myself, so I’m considering asking if my blanket lady might be able to “take it in” at the chest. The rest of it fits fine, it’s just too roomy in the chest/shoulders… has anyone done something like that before? Is it more complicated than undoing and restitching the chest straps? TIA!
Depending on the fit, you could probably dart the shoulders to take up some of that space in the shoulders and chest.
This is what I have done, which worked real well on a growing horse that needed the length back to front but the neck opening was too big for him. I just folded a dart in and tacked it down at the binding (sewing by hand) so I could eventually remove it when he filled out, and since it was at the binding, stitching didn’t affect the waterproofing.
Genius! I might even be able to do that myself
Was this a private sale? Or did you get it from a retailer?
If it was advertised as one size, and you got a different size, even Paypal/Venmo buyer protection should help you there. The item is not as described so you can dispute, they’ll mediate/investigate, so make sure you provide proof that it’s not what was advertised, and you’ll have recourse.
If it was a retailer, double check return policies. A lot of customer service reps don’t know what their own policies are. Check into them before you alter it in any way, because you may be able to return it, even if they say you can’t. If it was marked clearance or final sale, you’re probably SOL there though.
Until you find out that you don’t have any recourse for sure, don’t alter it, don’t wash it, don’t put it on your horse, don’t do anything with it etc.
I have darted shoulders before
It was an eBay purchase, seller insists it’s a certain size but there’s no size tag and it doesn’t fit my horse (who’s size I know in this brand). It also has a sizable monogram that wasn’t disclosed in the description or photos I actually did open a case with eBay and I’m returning it, but I’ll be seriously peeved if I end up having to pay return shipping
Anyways, I actually have another sheet that’s a bit large as well that I truly can’t return - it was on consignment and is already kinda beat up so I have no problem making alterations. So this was still an informative post for me!
The monogram should make this a slam dunk for you, and the a missing size tag should help too, especially if it measures a different size than what the seller insists upon. Hopefully you can get this squared away sooner than later!