Today was the first time I altered a piece of clothing for someone not belonging to my immediate family! This was a big step for me. I have no fear when it comes to fixing or altering OUR clothes, but if it is for someone else…..
Well, this wonderful and trusting lady I know gave me two pair of carheart pants to cut and hem.
I did it!
Did I mess it up?
OF COURSE I DID! 🙂
I went and bought matching thread (a luxury my family seldom gets, I just use what comes closest! hahahah)I did a pair of jeans for my DD first, to get back into the swing of things. No big deal. Measure, cut, pin and sew. Done in a blink! Then I got the first pair of jeans out for the lady. First pair: went great! Like a dream! I went much slower than for our family clothing. Made double sure everything was just so. It worked all out! YAYYY
Second pair! No problem! I can do this! I’m awesome!
Put them on my cutting mat, measure a third time. ( I always measure a gazillion times when I do things not for us) All is well… turn around to grab my rotary cutter and… woosh, cut 🙂 Great!
Next leg… put it up on the mat, measure, grab my rotary and woosh, cut. Oh yes! I should do this for a living! I rock at this! There has never been a seamstress…
This looks weird…
Is this cut off smaller then the first one? Can’t be… Oh I must have not cut off enough of the second one… *tape comes out, since I now don’t trust the measuring lines of the mat*
Nope… it’s perf…..
OH NO!!! *cold fingers of fear tingling up and down my spine*
Double and triple measure the first leg. Yep! I’m AWESOME indeed! I cut the seam-allowance right off! 🙂 The leg is now exactly as long as it is supposed to be AFTER SEWING! O.O
So what to do? First off I freak out. Sitting on the floor on my cutting mat, hyperventilating. *gasp gasp gasp*
Second: I call the lady to confess my poor math skills and superior looser-ness. She is not home. I leave an ambiguous message. Hey there! Please call me back! hehe *awkward laugh*
Third:Cut the second leg to the same length as the first.
Fourth: To the sewing machine! I hem it as little as humanly possible! A minute seam! so the end measurement is only 1/2 an inch shorter then what it was supposed to be. With no raw edges showing despite the little I have to work with. I use a dark dark thread that is almost non detectable with the dark colour of the jeans. THEN! STROKE OF GENIUS! I make a “fake” seam just a bit up and in the orang-y jeans colour thread! Now it looks like there is a seam! Yes! I rescued it! I’m rather proud of myself…
Then I get the call back and feel bad right away. Confession time, baby! So I tell the lady what happened and how I fixed it. SHE WAS TOTALLY AWESOME ABOUT IT! She laughed and said it was all ok. She was glad I did it at all and that she wears her jeans long anyway and it would fit just fine!
Lesson learned: Stick to knitting, Bridgett!
Speaking of knitting. I am done with two of the four pairs of mittens and half a scarf! 🙂 YAYYY!