there is a nice top in my closet that had no discernible flaw, but i was avoiding it. i had a choice. toss it or tweak it. most things i readily part with, not wanting to risk ruining something that another person might well get some use out of, but occasionally i weigh the odds and find there is a good chance i could find some satisfaction with a minor adjustment. i lopped off the sleeves and now i'm much more pleased with it. i do most definitely feel that i reduced the item, somewhat, in doing this, as they were distinctive sleeves, but they were also the item's achilles' heel - it was a light top yet the restrictive sleeves made the piece undesirable in hot temperatures. the light color and construction/details made the top ill-suited to cooler months. now it is properly a summer top and i am pleased.
when you buy some thing, if it disappoints in fit or function, are you willing to tweak it? do you ever buy something knowing it will require an intervention?