When I took a pair of slacks to my seamstress’ shop the other day, someone was in the small draped changing area, so I sat down to wait. I overheard the following:
Customer: “When I ordered it on line, they asked for my measurements, but it's way too big.” She went on to say that it was for the after-party of her October Las Vegas wedding so she wasn’t in a hurry.
Dressmaker: “It’s beautiful, but it is a lot of work to take it in because of all the feathers and beads. Can’t you send it back?’
Customer: “No, I bought it online and they don’t understand English.”
Dressmaker: “OK. I’ll do it, but I’ll have to charge you $150.”
“It doesn’t matter,” said the young woman, as she came out of the dressing area clutching an unbelievably unbelievable dress. A pinkish-salmon color, strapless beaded top and a skirt of feathers, the length of which was, shall we say, immodest?
When the customer left, I asked the seamstress, who was shaking her head in wonder, why she agreed to alter the dress. “Oh, because I don’t know how to say no,” she replied. She was as perplexed as I was as to why anyone would wear such an outfit.
After she pinned the slacks I had brought in for alteration, I said, “Unlike that future bride, I can’t wait until October to pick these up.
I’m at the age when I don’t plan that far ahead.