(For those who don't know, she's a judge on PROJECT RUNWAY famous for critiquing that a garment wasn't properly "finished".)
SO...This weekend eves I was doing a Season4 P.R. DVD marathon. That's the season with Rami, Chris March, Jack, and Christian Siriano, who eventually won. I had a big wool tweed aran cardigan to re-tailor FOR A CLIENT. I had blythely did the marked retailoring on the fronts of the sweater. When I got it in good light, and realized that it looked REALLY off-center. It was THEN I realized that the front had a bunch of pattern, um "Variation"...the cables on one side being bordered with decorative stitches and the other side not having it, the buttons weren't properly placed and it pulled one side of the front down so they didn't line up from one side of the neck to the other... The back was equally catawampus, to say the least.
I fixed what I could with the retailoring, reset the buttons so the front hung evenly, swiss-darned missing bits of pattern, and embroidered an entire column of bobbles that got missed and visually threw the back off center HORRIBLY. Then I cut off half a pound of pills from the sweater. I pressed and sewed down the seams. It really looks quite good now, but WHAT A LOT OF WORK. Ironically, the sweater fits me quite well, which was a godsend...otherwise I might not have noticed how off the buttons were.
I also learned to request that garments I work on be recently washed. When I steamed this one, the "fragrance" wafting from the hot wet wool was "remarkable". I'll just leave it at that.
Addendum: I delivered the sweater to the client. She was overjoyed. Hooray! In the words of fellow PR Judge, Michael Kors: It fit her like a dream! Hooray!