Posts Tagged ‘bridesmaid dress


Oh no! … I brought my work home!

I know, I know, I shouldn’t complain…. a lot of people HAVE to bring their work home to get it done.  Usually, I try to avoid it, though, as much as I can.  As a small business owner, I feel like I am wearing so many hats already:  I am shopkeeper, bookkeeper, buyer, marketing exec, website updater, blogger, employer, and many more at the same time.  Let’s say this:  being your own boss has its certain ups and downs.

At least on one of the days that I am not at the shop, I will still do some work:  fabric shopping, ordering, bookkeeping.   This ‘weekend’ I have decided I need to work on my alterations – because they all have a DEADLINE of this coming week.



The bridesmaid dresses are made of a beautiful shantung silk and are one of the mail-order cases:  they fit in one spot and are wrong on ALL the others.  The waist  and the straps need to be taken up, the sides need to be taken in and they need to be hemmed (which is the least of all problems….)

The pink assembly on my cutting table include:  a vintage dress (peach color, left), which had the armholes completely torn – I have already serged around them; now I need to turn the edges under so it can be worn again.  The tutu (middle) needs to have the waist moved; my customer wants the skirt to be a lot more puffy.  The slip on the right has to have the straps shortened and the hem taken up.

This is work for FIVE customers who all need it by FRIDAY!

This is how my room will turn into a WORKSHOP.  And yes, it was designed for that:


My Babylock and the coverlock are always here, because I do not have room for them at the shop.  I LOVE my cutting table:  it can be pushed into the wall and almost disappear – it is the best place to lay out big bolts of fabric, cut and assemble.


Unfortunately, I own only ONE sewing machine.  This Brother is my WORKHORSE and I dread the day when it needs repair because I have NO backup.  I have no other room for it than on my (messy) desk.

So, here I go:  I have my work cut out:


I has taken over my room.


The Red Bridesmaid Dress

It is raining today.  Raining as if it wants to be Fall.  Good day to work on the bridesmaid dress.  Shouldn’t take me more than a couple of hours and then it’s off to the pants.  Yeah, right.

Until Amy told me about YELP.  Of course I had to check it out.  See who else is on there.  And who else around town.  And then, who in my neighborhood.  Other clothing stores.  Read their reviews.  See who their friends are.  You know what I mean?  Takes hours.  Of course, I had to sign up, too.   And then edit my page.  But you have to wait for approval emails.  You see?  The red dress just HAD to wait.  More important things to do.  I am too old for this.  Am I too old?  Spin a web across the world.  Electronically.  Cool.

But back to the dress.  This is just another one of many, many this summer.  One more elaborate than the other.  None fit.  Thanks to the heavens that I am too old for that.  The bridesmaid thingy passed me.  I was probably too old already when I came to this country.  And then it took me another decade and several movies (last one:  27 Dresses – all about being a bridesmaid….)  to understand weddings here.  But I  digress. –   This blood red one was ordered from an outfit like all the others.  They must make a mint there in China.  Too large in the bust.  Too long.  Straps too long.  How do they determine size anyway?  by WHAT?

Between creating an account for myself on YELP and reading my first review (YEAH!), I pressed the seams.  It is already taken in at the bust.  The straps are shortened, too.  Now I only need to upload a picture and then I can hem.

Did I say it was raining?

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