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A real sew and sew

2004-07-23 18:42:58.861321+00 by Dan Lyke 3 comments

Under the subtitle "Distinctive handcrafted clothing is more accessible than you think", the San Francisco Bay Guardian has an article titled Sewing for the soul about some "sew your own" workshops in the city which provide sewing machine rental and some advice and guidance. But here's what I'd like: If all the left-wing protesters are right and all of these outsourced fashion companies are getting their goods for a few pennies and marking them up a few thousand to tens of thousand percent, then I'd like to find someone in the U.S. who's willing to make clothing to my specs for that few thousand percent. I'll pay full retail, probably even a little more, to someone with a sewing machine willing to make me clothing.

I've tried this in the past and it hasn't worked out, one person still has some really nice silk and has been saying for a year and a half that she'll finish up that shirt real soon, but, damn it, I really want some mandarin collar shirts made from a good silk (not that cheap shit that Alfani uses) or linen that fit me, and maybe we can come to some agreement on pants in a reasonable fabric too.

[ related topics: Dan's Life Bay Area Fashion Clothing ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-23 18:53:06.301904+00 by: polly

what size do you wear?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-23 19:55:22.574774+00 by: Dan Lyke

It may be Sunday before we get to it, but I'll have Charlene help me get a reasonable set of measurements. That doesn't necessarily capture shape (ahh, the joys of having learned just enough about clothing and fit to be dangerous), but if I get shoulders, neck, across-chest side-seam to side-seam and all the way around, and throat to waist and top of spine to waist would that be a reasonable start on what you want to know?

#Comment Re: made: 2004-07-24 16:32:13.097847+00 by: polly

that'll work :) i've done a lot of sewing in my lifetime, also made costumes for the university of tennessee-chattanooga theatre department. that was fun! i think my favorite outfit was a 1940's glamour gown. the only problem was, it was made for an actress who wears a size 10. EXCEPT, the size 10's of 1940 WERE A LOT SMALLER THEN, lol. send me your measurements, see what i can do for you!