Some discussion yesterday on this thread about whether I should throw open the dirt cheap smorgasboard of tailoring on which I live to SF members. I have three basic arguments against it:However today I went out office hunting with one of my part time junior staff, who mentioned that her and her roommate are looking for a way to make some extra money, we chatted about it a little later this afternoon (accompanied me on translation duty to the tailor to collect my shirts). Ill post some pics of them tomorrow btw. OK so this would be the arrangement I would enter into if there is enough interest from the SFers. 1/ we would post some swatches of cotton to choose between 2/ you guys send me a sample shirt to work from. one that you are happy with the fit of 3/ paypal me $14 for shirt + actual shipping (tbc). Actual cost is just over $10, so this is about $3 for her trouble per shirt after she pays for her transport n parking n such 4/ she will send you back your sample shirt and one shirt if you guys happy, then order more, tailor will then have your measurements on file. i will make nothing from this, just a way to help out SFers and a tailor and his family here, as well as student here struggling to make ends. I have no interest in setting myself up as a competitor to anyone for whom shirtmaking or retailing is a profession. As such, i cant make any guarantees of satisfaction (which is why i propose the 'make one and if you happy make more' system). You can try asking ultra technical questions, but I probably cant answer them, Im no expert and my staff definitely arent. We will have the tailor copy detailing to the best of his ability - and please include notes and details as much as you can to your own satisfaction. when it comes to cloth - if you want to send you own, please do - we will charge you back the import tax at actual cost. Tailoring about $5 and $4 for the girls = $9 each to do it that way + shipping. I cant make any guarantees on fabric quality other than the stuff they pick will be the best we can find here. Remember, this is $4 a meter material though, so dont expect hand spun Swiss luxury (despite what the woman in the markets says.). All I can say is I have 3 or 4 of them that I am happy with, will use very similar material to that which I choose. Moreover my personal attitude is that at this price they are disposable. The buttons will be (very thick) plastic. I dont know anything about the fusing grades in collars or anything. This is a 15 buck gamble guys, treat it as such. If the gamble pays off, later on you can get 10 tailor made shirts for a hundred-n-fitty, if it doesnt, add in shipping, your out maybe twenty on the first one, and youve made a charitable donation to two poor students and one tailors family in the third world. Claim it as a tax deduction If people are interested, maybe we can think about doing trousers later, but walk before run. What do you guys think? Sufficient interest?
Quote:1. im logging 70 hour weeks in the real job 2. im not prepared to stand by their workmanship in the face of the particularly anal customers that make these boards so great 3. i dont trust other peoples measurements and dont want to put myself in the middle of "my sleeve is 1/4 inch too long, i told you X and this is x.25" and end up offering a warranty on something i didnt make and dealing with 100 emails from customers around the world (see point 1)