You all remember East Coast Sharon from before with her crazy clients, well she is back with a mother-of-the-groom dress to share.
Actually, there are 2 gowns. One in a size 6 and one in size 8. The size 6 is too tight on the top and the size 8 is too large in the butt. Of course, she had to try on both gowns, just to show how unhappy she is with both and the looooong story of how she acquired them.
She was concerned that I would need to take the zipper out of the size 8 gown and reset it in order to make it tighter. No, it’s crap knit fabric, so if I take in the sides, it should stretch across your butt just tight enough to make you happy! And she needs it by Thursday, of course !!
But take a closer look at this Ralph Lauren $250 knit mess. The brooch has a large stone missing. I will swap out the brooch with the one from the other dress.
The back seam is opened at the bottom of the zipper, so that needs to be closed.
And the hem is falling out, or was never put in properly. But it needs to be shortened anyway.
I don’t know how many Ralph Lauren items go through your doors, but what I have seen in the past 2 or 3 years seem to be garbage. Remember last winter when a woman brought in the $800 black leather dress that had an invisible zipper where stitching caused the very thin leather to act like perforated paper? It was a Ralph Lauren.
And every time someone brings in nearly new sheets that the elastic has come loose or the header is coming off, they have all been Ralph Lauren.
I’ve altered Lauren men’s shirts whose sleeves are not identical.
Hey Ralph, you might want to reconsider some of your designs and put some of your money into quality control ! Just sayin’.
So she has over $500 invested in these 2 gowns plus what I will be charging her. All for a 4 hour function where there will only be 75 guests.
Think she could have done much better at David’s Bridal ……or a consignment shop !!!
My answer to Sharon is – Yes, I have had clients who bring me loads of RL from outlet malls and the pants legs are NEVER the same length. The fake price tags says $200 reduced to $20. What my clients never realize is that these garments are actually made for outlets, not just “overruns“. That $20 pair of pants were NEVER $200, they are worth $20 on a good day. So don’t be like Sharon’s poor client had to buy 2 dresses, just to get one single one, decent enough to wear to a wedding.
I tell them if they are going to continue buying these “bargains”, to make sure they have a tape measure handy as it will cost more than $20 to fit them properly. The legs are not just an inch longer, they are completely different sizes stuffed into the same crotch shape…beware!
Mr. Mole brought in these brand new first harvest key limes from the baby tree before bringing it into the garage before the first frost hits.
This week we have escaped the sewing room and office for a little R&R, so no brides, no writing assignments…just time to see different things and different people and return ready for the next deluge of clients. Hope all your sewing projects are pleasing and productive and wearable, not wadders!