My mom & SIL have now been introduced to January’s “The Blind Leading the Blind” Game. :)
The long story is that when I was out in early Dec to see my parents, mom asked if I’d fix a seam in one of her black skirts. Sure and I made sure I packed black thread. Upon further review of the skirt, it was one that I had made! Gasp!! Coming apart? No!! :( However, it was not the seam coming apart but the fabric wearing out. I guess she likes the skirt.
I hoped that at home, I’d find the original pattern with my notes on it for her and whip up another one. No such luck. I believe in one of those barely noticed purges, the garment patterns for adults were purged. Mom had retired and “didn’t need any more suits” (she said) and the styles of the other clothes are hopefully not coming back. However, this little black skirt was a classic. And was also gone.
I looked online for the right pattern as she is most comfortable with the skirts without separate waistbands but just a facing for the top edge. I found…. ONE. Of course, it took trips to 2 different stores to find it during sale week but a pattern for $1 is worth it.
I found fabrics in the stash to make practice skirts but have yet to find a good black for a nice skirt so plan to shop online for something “suit”-able. :)
Last week, I made a skirt from a brown fine plaid.
I left it all inside out and gave her several side seams that are just basted in so that she & SIL can let them in or out as needed.
I even put the zipper in inside out so that the fittings are easier than “digging” for that zipper tab on the wrong side.
The box also included the instructions for the skirt and a fleece jacket in baby chick pale yellow. I know the 2 don’t really go together but the jacket was a last minute idea. Well, the idea came after the skirt need. They don’t have to work so hard at fitting on the jacket but I might have to work harder at making it work later.
A bag of “medicine” was also included, AKA Dove chocolates in Dark Chocolate and Raspberry Swirl in Dark Chocolate. These are to be administered to a) she who stands still for fittings, b) she who was drafted & unasked to help with fittings and loves dark chocolate, c) for the others wandering the house so they don’t get grouchy, OR d) for the first one to open the box and steal them all!
Hopefully, this ‘through the mail fittings’ idea works and Mom gets some new clothes made just for her!
And then I think that I should be finding a suit jacket pattern that would work well with the new skirt and work on fitting that to her as well. Because really one black is only like the other black in a coloring box, right?