You all know my gripes about Eileen Fisher and J. Crew clothing and how difficult/
impossible it can be to alter/ redesign them to suit the customer. Well, we have yet another poor victim of owner confidence/ owner abuse.
The client was trying to save money when she started hacking into her windbreaker jacket thinking that all it needed was some tweaking by moving the sleeves in about an inch. To narrow shoulders in a lined jacket is something best left to those who have done it more than once but this woman thought she was up to the challenge.
To start with she did not have a seam ripper so she just cut about 1/4 inch away from the actual seam line and left things dangling. Once inside she realized she was in too deep and called me. Thankfully she only tackled/
mangled one sleeve!
There was a huge gap at the top of the sleeve so I added rayon hem tape to fill in the gap so it could be stitched back into place:
And the bodice is 3/8 inch…why? Well after all this is stitched it has to be flipped and topstiched unto the bodice. You can see in the photo that the bodice is backed with fleece. All this is also lined so when I take in under the arms, it will all be hidden. So to compromise from taking in the shoulder width, which did not need to be done and the client mentioning those 3 little words I just dread, “Make it tight”, I pinned out an inch in total under each arm for about 3 inches along the sleeves and bodice. I warned her that reducing the armhole that much would not accommodate anything much thicker than her ultra-light thin turtleneck but she was adamant…tight armholes or nothing!
Are you curious as to what this jacket looked like? OK….All this fuss and bother and restoration for a loose cut, no shape, raincoat. The client did admit that she was part of the Eileen Fisher Gang…what I have now dubbed the EFG. This group of women who proudly proclaim they have a closet full of EF no matter how badly they fit. It’s all about the label.
It reminds me of being back in the 80’s when the Dooney Bourke bags were popular/
expensive and women would tell me that just carrying one into a restaurant would get the hostess to put you at a very special table and get better service. They would swear to me that once recognized, the hostess would give a nod to the customer to let her know she knew quality bags. Now you can find all sorts of used DB bags on Craigslist or even at the Salvation Army.
Before I get back to the sewing I want to share some bounty from the garden: A pretty good haul seeing as we have already had 6 for dinner and to share with neighbors and family. To save space I grow them up in tomato cages but this year they went nuts and grew taller and taller and out of their cages, up and down into the next cage and then ran across the back of the veggie patch but the cool thing is…you don’t have to do anything but wait until the stem is brown and they twist off.