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Looking for a good seamstress with a sense of adventure [Oct. 10th, 2008|08:05 am]
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Today is pretty amazing. I'm in my presentation outfit and doing a full "dress rehearsal". Photos later!

UPDATE: $292 to fix my freezer door flap all because a plastic clip broke which they have now replaced with metal. The WHOLE freezer/fridge only costs about $800, so UGH.

Anyhow, with my little bit of surprise money, I got my freezer fixed, helped a friend in need get needed medication, bought a nice bottle of Port wine for Craig, and with the rest of it I'd like to achieve a dream of a few years now.

I have some fabric and some drawings, but not the talent to put together the items I've drawn.

1. I'd like to draw up the patterns and get some prototype "sleevies" made.
2. I'd like to finally get my sari fabric made into a dress.
3. I have a few beloved skirts I'd like to have taken in so I can wear them again. They aren't really replaceable.

If I were to ship this to your home, would you be willing to work on this project? I'm offering $150 for the job ($50 for the sleevies, as they are a small project and $100 for the dress which is far more work) as an initial suggestion and I'll send all supplies. I need to see samples of your sewing work. In all honesty, I'm hoping matrixx will take on this job as I'd like to collaborate with her. If you sew and I'm way off on what I think is a reasonable/fair price please correct me. I was hoping to pay about $20 per sewing hour.

Other than that, the rest will go for the bills, sadly, but it is amazing to have a tiny amount of extra in these tight times.

[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-10-10 04:45 pm (UTC)
Honestly I would find someone who does alterations locally. You'll need to try these on. I found someone down the street from where I work. She's going to hem my jeans for $8! You can't beat that. I'm going to start branching out at the thrift store a little now. If I buy a pair of pants or a skirt for $2.50 and pay $10 to get it altered, that's STILL way cheaper than buying it at a regular store.

And dood, Jamie played with the toys and let me thrift on Monday! It was awesome! Stores should come with playrooms. I would kill for 2-3 hours in TJ Maxx.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-10-10 04:49 pm (UTC)
Maybe I need to split these sewing tasks up. I bet I could make my own sleevies if I took a few days off, which I should be able to soon.
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[User Picture]From: ebullientjenn
2008-10-10 04:55 pm (UTC)
What are sleevies?
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-10-10 04:59 pm (UTC)
Sleevies are my brilliant idea number 873. ;)

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From: el_corn_grande
2008-10-10 08:12 pm (UTC)

How much??

Unless that part is made of pure gold I can't see the justification for charging nearly $300 for a simple repair. I'll be calling Sears to let them know what I think of their service.
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[User Picture]From: starrynytes4me
2008-10-10 08:13 pm (UTC)

Re: How much??

The receipt is on the island with the breakdown. I wasn't thrilled either. :( Their number is 1-800-4MyHome and they have it under my phone number. The phoneline is open 24/7.
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[User Picture]From: matrixx
2008-10-10 09:02 pm (UTC)
I have a sari I've been meaning to do something with FOREVER. Although I was thinking more like cut off the blouse part and wear it as a sari, but there are actual Indian women in my neighborhood and I don't want to do it all wrong or look racist or anything! It's not MY fault saris are so damn pretty.

Annnyway, I'd love to tackle some sewing projects! Although I would also reccomend that you have alterations done locally. Most dry cleaners do them, it's just easier to have someone's body there when you are planning the changes. Making dresses from scratch to measurments is easier because you can take those shapes into account when you make it. Feel free to email me if you want to discuss it, or if you want to talk on the phone email me and I'll give you my number. Either my Lj account (which is flakey) or matrixx1 at gmail dot com
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