Let’s escape the world of ivory satin for a moment and add some color. Those of you who know the color wheel remember that blue and orange are complimentary colors but I have a few examples of what not to do this week.
You all know that I have altered that high end brand of clothes from Carlisle…their fabrics are wonderful and they are expensive. Women who wear this type of clothing want to be noticed/envied and admired/adored and feel they can pass down their clothes to their daughters in the future. That being said, one mother-daughter duo had the bright idea that removing shoulder pads was an easy peasy job and they could do it at home without enlisting the time and talents of the local seamstress…and if things went wrong, they could use something like Steam-a-Seam and make things OK…are you laughing yet…you know what is coming don’t you…
Holy Crap! The acetate lining melted, the fusible melted and the wool almost disappeared! What can be done with this mess? How about surgically remove the damaged section and replace it…Nurse, my gloves please, scalpel, let’s start…patient is sedated…
Tissue sample removed and flipped over to inspect damage…Yep, there’s the melted fusible web doing just what is supposed to do…bond. Now to make a replacement piece…using the cut out section as a pattern: Trim around with pinking shears, my favorite tool, Machine sew it in on 2 sides: Flip up and hand sew the other 2 sides at shoulder and curved front armscye: Ahhhh back to normal: One reader asked me what I charged for this repair…it took me one hour along with another black jacket that was equally ripped to shreds the same way but without the DIY repair job so I charged $35 and I hope the two of them have learned a lesson.
Some of my other clients bring me real treasures that need a new lease on life and have a job to be a recycled garment to amaze their friends…here is the latest! Complimentary? I think not…this orange brocade honey was found in a vintage shop and it had been altered at least once. There were 2 huge diagonal stitched down darts running from the high waist side seams to center hip area along with a vertical open tuck running from the center hip to the center tummy…nasty! Here you can see that I have pinned out all the extra fabric in front hip areas and the vertical curved bust seams…this dress was originally made for a Dolly Parton. Over 4 inches will be removed from the bust seams and all the pinned out fabric will be relocated…what? Where does it go without cutting any away? Well next time you will see some real magic and manipulation and some ugly alterations made along the way in addition to a fuchsia silk charmeuse lining…really? Oh yes…the best part is yet to come and some permanent orange chiffon side panels instead of the white ones that I pinned in for the photo.
One last photo to share from the garden…have you ever looked inside a sunflower before the seeds matured? Well here are some tiny 1/4 inch long baby bees with their legs covered in pollen in the center of the flower…you can hardly seen them for all the pollen but there they were happily doing a pollen dance.
Happy weekend, everyone!