I blame Nina Garcia

(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!


Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Was this a retailoring for yourself? I get the impression it wasn't. Considering all the reworking you had to do for a great fit and visual balance, how would you even begin to calculate what fees to charge? [Even without the need for cleaning.] Still, congrats on the makeover...it sounds really nice. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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grandcarriage's picture

Thanks for the head's up on that bit of unclearness. I had edited the part about it being for a client out of the entry. I do sometimes retailor sweaters for myself... but I do this as a sideline over the cold months. I charge by the hour plus materials.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Thanks, Bob. I appreciate the reply. A friend wants me to do some alterations for a sweater and I'm unsure what to charge. I'll probably post a question once we get down to the knitty gritty of the project. [No pun intended.] -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

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albert's picture

It does sound like a tremendous amount of work- I think "re-creating" would be more accurate than "retailoring"!

MMario's picture

a) Doesn't everyone blame Nina sometimes?

b) marvelous to see someone use the word "catawampus". I blame Nina Garcia for the lowering of vocabulary in the nation.

MMario - I'm not divorced from reality - we're having a trial separation

steve kadel's picture

i thought catawampus was the new black

all i know of love, is love is all there is

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jessemkahn's picture

um, is it even POSSIBLE that someone on this site doesn't know who nina garcia is? i mean, really.

albert's picture

I've never heard the name.

Me neither but I do know catawampus.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Same here. I seldom watch television ... obvious from my tagline, actually. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

WillyG's picture

I would have loved to see this on a video...sounds like perfect PR material. All you need is someone to get in a fight with.

I feel the catharsis just by reading your entry! Whoo-hoo!

elib1971's picture

Gone from this site for a while owing to work stresses. Finally get back and here you all are talking about project runway. My partner failed to tape the last episode and then I found out who won on the internet by accident. I am still bitter. And it should have been carol hannah. What a good idea to rent previous seasons! I didn't discover the joys of PR until recently so the outcomes are all unknown. I could watch whole seasons and knit my winter away. Eli B.

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