We all could use a good fairy who comes in the night to help around the house and I am no exception. Those of you who know me know that I get up every night to sew and wish there were an extra set of hands ready to help.
This week was a heavy drop-off week with 3 brides, 11 pair of pants, one jacket, one suit, 2 dresses, and 6 tops all to be worked in with the custom sewing of another floral dress and cropped jacket. Here is the line-up:
While I can’t/
shouldn’t complain, it does make me wonder when some of my friends tell me that the economy is going down the toilet and no one can find work. Here in this little rural town there seems to be plenty of work for the 5 hard-working seamstresses. We sewing sisters, Shirley, Joyce, Jzionna and Tina have a backlog of up to a month of projects with many coming in the next 3 months. I have 2 very high end weddings coming in October so things will not be settling down for a while. Folks have money to spend on the pants I have shown, Carlisle in the $300 plus range, Ralph Lauren and the like. The gowns are all $800 and up range so someone is working. The white wool double breasted suit is from Brooks Brothers which can run in the $500 + range.
One funny thing happened this week in the midst of clients running in, striping to their underwear and leaving their clothes behind…I got a phone call from a women who said “My regular dry cleaners couldn’t help me so they gave me the name of another seamstress and she gave me your name and thought you could help me.” Now friends, you know this is the prelude to an outlandish request don’t you? Someone is setting you up for a possible disaster and whopping big headache if you take the bait. BUT, I said “what do you have?”
She says, “I have lost a lot of weight and have a simple summer dress that I need to wear to a special event TONIGHT. “OH!” I say, and “what do you need exactly?” “Well” she says, “it is very simple, hemming and taking in the dress at the waist and also taking out fabric from the back to make it look good.”
Looking around my 2 rooms packed with waiting garments I declined saying I could not possible stop everything and move her to the front of the line and wondered to myself how long it had taken her to lose this vast amount of weight and why she didn’t try on the dress a week before. Maybe some of the weight loss was from her brain and it never occurred to her?
BUT, this is the greatest mystery in the universe along with the one why brides want you to be able to alter their dress the morning of the wedding in case they have managed to lose that one extra pound and their dress could be made even tighter.
Looking on the national weather map I see most of you are sweltering and I feel blessed that this year in the northwest we have had cooler temps and so far, fingers crossed, no fires. So, try to stay cool, drink plenty of liquids and enjoy the 4th of July with your families! Happy Birthday, America!