For those of you who wanted to see more of Nancy’s floral jacket…here we go! It was made from my blouse pattern a couple posts back…the camo looking one. I made Nancy try it on and she decided to try the floral fabric, Alexander Henry, for a summer jacket. An Ambiance lining would help sliding it on and off so that was cut from the floral fabric pieces used as patterns in the last post. Now we have the rest of the photos of finished sections…the lining is caught under the facing and topstitched:
The outside of the vent continues the 1 inch spacing for topstitching. The neck edge is bound with self made bias binding flipped to the wrong side. The bulk of the seam will be trimmed with pinking shears and clipped,
Here are back neck darts and rounded back alteration and added 2 vertical back fish-eye darts. Yes, there are 2 large lined pockets…can you see them? One is invisible with a scrap matching exactly the right position and the other a bit off but no scraps were left that matched the fabric below. Nancy did not want any closures but she may opt for a top button later if the jacket fronts slide around too much. She likes 3/4 sleeves and the shoulder pads could have been thicker but it is a casual jacket to cheer up all her other clothes.
This week I got a phone call from the local David’s Bridal manager…it goes like this:
Manager: I want to invite you down for a sewing test and if you pass, I would offer you a job altering bridal gowns in our back room.
Me: Really? Don’t you have your own seamstresses?
Manager: Well 2 of our girls have left to go on their own and we are down to only one girl. If you pass the test, we might even LET YOU pin as well as sew. And if you show some expertise I would offer you $1 more per hour to start.
Me: Well, what is your starting pay normally?
Manager: $10 an hour and you must work weekends.
Me: I don’t mean to be rude but you are going to be hard pressed to find ANYONE let alone someone who can sew well to work for $10 an hour.
Manager: We have had women come in for the test and just leave shouting, “TOO MANY LAYERS”.
At this point in my career (40+ years) I will not be taking any sewing test as I have enough pinning and sewing going on right now in my 2 sewing rooms…ha ha. So the next time you gasp at the prices for alterations at bridal salons…know what those hard working ladies in the back room are making…the same as folks stocking shelves at Walmart or bagging burgers at McDonald’s…sad isn’t it?
Be thankful most of you sew for fun and as a hobby or can actually charge decent rates for decent work you take pride in!