Since I have learned that it's sometimes difficult to find clothing in my size, "ample petite", I have on occasion had special items shortened locally...not a problem.
Recently, I took a Linda Lundstrom camisole/tank type sleeveless shirt to an establishment of alterations which I have previously frequented. Lest there be any question, I would not own such a fabulous garment were it not for the hospital thrift shop where I volunteer and occasionally strike shopping gold.
I should have walked away when the gentleman in the shop asked "What is this?"
He stared quizzically and I responded, "It's a tank top or camisole."
"A what?" he inquired.
"A camisole." I repeated.
Insert 15 seconds of awkward silence here whereupon he said, "Could you spell that please?" I proceeded to spell the name of the garment as he wrote it on an invoice, then commented, "I've never heard that word before."
I explained that I wanted the white plastic zipper removed from the front. That's all.
"But it would be open," he commented.
|Lundstrom outfit with offending plastic zipper|
"Oh yes, we can do it. It will be ready on Friday."
Today, hubby picked up the top and brought it home. My mouth agape, I stared in disbelief. The zipper was gone, yes. However, the entire front was sewn up and the seams at the top had been removed and were resewn over top. Not only that, they were resewn badly. There are loops of mismatched thread showing across the front of the shirt. I could have,(and frequently have), done that amateurish job myself!
I was perplexed. In fact, I was fairly confident that the camisole would no longer fit across my anatomy. Obviously, when a zipper is removed and the fabric is then sewn together, it makes the piece of clothing smaller. Shouldn't a tailor know that?
Here's how it looks now. The colour hasn't changed, it's just that I didn't use a flash so that the stitching would be more easily visible.
|Lumpy bumpy stitching adds a nice touch....NOT|
|Close up of bad stitching loopies across the top|
What would you do?