Can I be honest? I don't enjoy doing alterations for others.
(I know that so many sewers can't get enough of them.)
I am willing to do them for family members, however. I shortened a pair of shorts last week for Michael (which involved removing a cargo pocket so it wasn't such a breeze) and today, my mother showed up for lunch with not one but two tunic tops she'd picked up, both way too long and one also needing the (cuffed) sleeves shortened.
I think if these were more costly items I'd mind a bit less, but it feels like a waste of (my) time and energy to spend an hour or two altering some schmatta from Marshalls.
Here's the first one: it only needed shortening. (My mother's probably barely five feet tall at this point.)
The blue tunic, up top and below, needed more work. I ended up removing the cuffs (my menswear sewing class came in handy as I knew precisely how they'd been attached), cutting nearly 3" off the sleeves and then reattaching the cuffs.
It definitely looked better but was it worth the trouble?
I guess I figure that someday, after she's gone, I'll be glad I took the time to tailor her tunics.
Before her arrival, I managed to finish my cotton-linen pants. I added patch pockets in back and belt loops. Now I just need to hem them. A number of you have asked what machine I made these on. Unless I say otherwise, I'm always always sewing on my Kenmore 158.141. It's a great no-fuss vintage zigzag machine that easily converts to straight stitch (and can use Singer feet). Plus it's in a table in my living room where there's lots of light.
And that was my sewing day!
In closing, two questions:
1) Where do you draw the line with doing alterations for others?
2) Are there some people you simply can't (or won't) say no to?
Have a great day, everybody, and be sure to tune in for tomorrow's vlog!
I'm a native New Yorker and sewing fanatic! I started sewing in 2009 and today make all my own clothes using vintage sewing machines and vintage patterns, in addition to sewing for private clients. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!