Have you ever wondered what a policeman wears under his uniform? Sure we all imagine some sort of flak vest to protect him or her from bullets so this week, in the middle of bridal season, it should come as no surprise to you regular followers that I should get a visit from the law.
My client needs a new cover for his flak vest. The cover consists of lots of 2 inch wide Velcro for attaching the front section to the back section along with 2 inch wide elastic for wearing ease. You can see in these photos that my guy has been wearing his cover with layers of duct tape holding it together. It seems that a new cover runs about $800 so having me make a new one is a real bargain. I went to JoAnn’s and purchased some lovely black cotton twill with a slick finish called “wrinklease”. When I got to the check stand it was actually 50% off today so that was a bonus!
So now we transition from metal protection to metal selection. A new client came with a lovely silk metallic dress that she was going to wear to a gala event in NYC to receive an award with her husband. The dress had been ordered online a size larger and been taken in by a seamstress friend. She did a super job but for some reason the belt came up too short. So it was my job to find some extra fabric to make it longer.
Here is what it is supposed to look like and here is what is needed to fit…3 inches! So where to find a piece that big….hmmmm. The ONLY place is inside the wrap top that is hidden.
Let’s see where it lines up with the two edges of the belt once the clasp is removed. Since the join will show, it has to be flawless. The new piece will be lined with fusible black interfacing for stability before attaching.
Just before the try-on the belt is pinned and will have the final stitching done when the client is happy. Trying the belt on the dress without a body in it didn’t actually work and it seemed too long but once it was on her, the excess part that wrapped to the back behind the clasp ended up just right. On one side of the belt I attached a 2 inch piece of black elastic to the belt to give ease for sitting down and eating. What a difference that made! The metal clasp, while complimenting the dress, weighed more than the lightweight silk dress so even though it was held up a little by thread loops still drooped down so the elastic kept it tighter too.
So today I learned that a belt can really change from hanger to body no matter how much the seamstress measures and tugs and pins it to the waist of the garment. Being patient and pinning and explaining this to the client assures them that you have experience and can certainly stitch that final inch while they wait and write out their check.
Here is one scary thought for the weekend….you all know about unmanned drones doing surveillance, well how about unmanned sewing machines? Yes, the US Government is developing a plan to have factories that crank out clothing with no operators…click here!