Do your friends or coworkers ask you to fix their clothes? I know this is a popular discussion amongst sewers out there. I’ve read posts on learning how to say no to people and how to price out your work when you can’t say no. It’s all good information, but what if you’ve never done the thing they need tailored, do you still do it?
A coworker recently threw a blazer on me saying he needs it tailored in five days. Five days. He only needed it taken in a little, and luckily the coat didn’t have a back vent so I was able to slice out three inches from the center seam.
Here’s the thing. I’ve never tailored a coat before. That’s real. This guy, my coworker and friend, gave me a fancy coat to tailor only a few days before a wedding he’s attending. Do I tell him I’ve never done it before?
PFFFFTTTTT NO! Not me. Not this guy.
So I fitted his coat on a sidewalk next to my car a few blocks from our work in the middle of the afternoon. Never mind us people, we’re just pinching and pinning here.
The actual restructuring process took about an hour. Would’ve taken less time but I started taking pictures of the process as it happened. The most challenging part was just overall nervousness of fucking up. I mean, Jesus, he gave me his only fucking coat for this wedding. I know that’s his bad for poor judgement, but I really didn’t want the rest of our relationship to be like “and then she messed up my coat.”
I actually loved the entire process. It’s like refashioning things, which I’m totally into.
I like seeing how clothes are put together. The real guts of an outfit, if you will. I’ve learned a lot about sewing this way. I mean you can read about sewing stuff and then you can bust out your seam ripper only discover that the SEAMS ON COATS AREN’T FINISHED?!?
I get it, they don’t have to be finished because they’re housed by lining, but I was still shocked. Aren’t these items worth several hundred dollars?
Don’t we learn in sewing that finishing the seams helps the longevity of the clothing? See, this is why it’s important to tear up clothing made from the pros.
The coat fit him perfectly, by the way. I’m happy, he’s happy. I have a couple more things to fix for coworkers. Next up is a coral chiffon dress for a bridesmaid. It’s beautiful and I’m not going to mess it up. I am not going to mess it up.
Thanks for reading!