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Venting

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Fabienne, Jan 17, 2005.

  1. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I am mad and needed to vent. Just got my new chocolate brown cords from the alterations guy, and they are about 2 inches too short.  I had even taken the heels I intended to wear with the pants to the shop.  Now they're barely OK with my Pliners (flats). And then the waist was supposed to have been taken in, which he did, but not nearly enough.  Grrr...


    Have any of you had nightmarish experiences with alterations?  This is almost enough for me to consider taking a sewing class.@#$%#..
     
  2. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I would venture to say that all of us have had nightmarish experiences with alterations. But there are nightmares and there are mere bad dreams. A bad dream is when something comes out wrong but it can be fixed. A true nightmare is when a bad alteration is irreversible, because too much cloth has been cut away.
     
  3. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    I think my frustration comes from the fact that I feel I have to spell out everything and check twice in order to get things done correctly. And that is in all matters, from alterations, to meals at restaurants, to services rendered. There are periods in life when it all piles up, and that is such a period for me.
     
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    Drinkwaters Senior member

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    It might be helpful to keep a record of your basic measurements with you ie. inseam, sleeve length. These measurements will serve as a guide for whomever your using to do your alterations.
     
  5. Renault78law

    Renault78law Senior member

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    Fabienne,
    I hope you took the cords back. Every tailor I've seen is willing to correct something that didn't come out right. Give him a shot.

    I agree with drink, that you should know most of your measurements (by heart), but note that your inseam is something the tailor is going to have to mark every time.
     
  6. stache

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    Unfortunately, I find that one must spell everything out every time when it comes to any kind of custom service. That way, if there's a problem you can fall back on your previous instructions.
     
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    SmartDresser Well-Known Member

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    My recent nightmare was, ordering 1 inch in on the waist, getting 1 inch out on the waist.  I think I fumed enough to get noticed.  The tailor bought another pant and started over.
     
  8. amirrorcrackd

    amirrorcrackd Senior member

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    I had a pair of jeans (very light colored) taken in at the waist and when i received them, they fit great, only at the rear, on either side of the seam, were four evenly spaced black marks, which appear to be burns, I can only imagine from leaving the garment in the sewing machine unmoved for too long a period of time. That's irreversible, and the jeans are irreplaceable.
    I feel for you.

    Dan
     
  9. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have no idea what these marks were and whether or not they were burn marks. But there is nothing in a sewing machine that can get hot and could potentially leave burn marks.

    Other explanation required.
     
  10. Fabienne

    Fabienne Senior member

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    It feels a little better to have company in my misery. I do plan to take them back, but he cut some of the fabric, so I'm not sure it can ever be the length I wanted initially. At least he can make them right for wearing with the Pliners.

    What I'm worried about now, is that he did another pair of pants, which I haven't tried on yet. They were to be taken in at the waist, and he wasn't to touch the length, but who knows.

    He's usually good, I can't complain too much. When I first lived in the US and had little money in Princeton, NJ, I selected a seamstress in the local paper. She shortened black pants and delivered them with a nice and regular sequence of white stitches.
     
  11. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member Admin Moderator

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    The jeans were probably overpressed. I always specify that I want no or like pressing only. Otherwise, they'll go crazy with those commercial presses. I've had jeans so overpressed they actually broke the rivets off.
     
  12. stache

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    *slaps mack repeatedly* :)P)
     

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