After alterations – can you spot the “mishap”?
2011 was the first year I’ve really had a tailor mess up an alteration. I’ve been incredibly lucky, especially with my beloved Los Angeles tailor, but after moving to San Diego, I had to find a local one. The new tailor I went to had high reviews on Yelp, was within a short driving distance to where I live, and reasonably priced. I tested them out by first bringing a few pairs of jeans in need of hemming, and a pair of jeans that shrank so much in the wash, that I needed the waist let out. They did a phenomenal job on my first tailoring jobs, so I felt secure in taking my AG wine pants to them for a hem, and to get the waist taken in. Two very common alterations that I was not concerned about at all.
When I picked up my pants a week later, I got them home and really gave them a good look. Is it just me, or are those back pockets now wonky and un-evenly placed?
I’m really bummed that these wonderful pants are now crooked from the back, and am nervous about taking them back to see if they can be fixed. On one hand, I hate confronting people, especially about something that people get very defensive about…their work. On another hand, now that I know this tailor would miss such a blatant mistake, I’m scared to hand my pants back over to them, for fear of more mishaps.
I get a lot of items altered and encourage people to get things tailored on this blog often, so it seems only right that I also share the mistakes, when they happen. Yes, tailors can make mistakes, and this is the chance we take when dropping off our items to get altered. For someone my size, it’s a necessary evil, and I’m surprised I went this long before having a tailoring mishap.
Mishaps come in all shapes and sizes. Elle recently had a run-in with a too-big suit that she hoped would alter down from a size 10. She was left with a high tailor bill, and not entirely satisfied with the outcome. My wonky back pockets are certainly put into perspective. So let’s chat…