Fatima came to visit a few weeks ago and for once, we took photos of a few garments before they were altered so that you could see how they were altered and what a difference alterations make.
What follows is a true story.
This is me anticipating Fatima’s visit. Very exciting to have a visitor and particularly Fatima!
In the list of Directrice Staples, we must save a space for denim tops because I am a fan.
I bought this Comme des Garcons top from The RealReal very early in the pandemic because, in my belief system, charming denim tops should not be resisted.
It had so much going for it: interesting lines, slim fitting (but not tight) sleeves, the perfect color/wash, gold top-stitching, plus a gratuitous, abdomen-enlarging (but fun) bow. Surely you can understand why I was smitten.
Unfortunately, the top was a bit big. Fortunately, the pandemic gave me many months to contemplate the ways in which it could be taken in.
This photo better shows the poor fit.
It also shows a humorous aspect of the design: darts at the bust that create . . . pointy denim breasts? OK.
For those who are squinting at these pictures, questioning my choices, perhaps now is a good time for a refresher on Comme des Garcons.
This is a prime example of Comme des Garcons.
Take a long look and then scroll back up and give my little denim top a second look. Who’s not weird now?
To be fair, this dress is a runway design, not RTW.
Those of you who sew have probably solved the puzzle.
This top can be taken in most easily at the center seams — one goes straight down the front and there is a zipper down the center of the back. The bow remains untouched because I wanted to keep the volume below the natural waistline.
This photo is killing me. I am not sure exactly what was going on or being said, but it looks as though my reaction is, “You honor me!”
This photo is only included because I am grinning so gleefully. Why?
- Because so much is being accomplished?
- Because clothes are fun?
- Because it is such a relief to be back in Fatima’s expert hands?
Yes, yes, and yes!
Flash forward a few weeks: my little top fits perfectly.
Bear in mind, it’s not supposed to fit snugly. The shoulders are exactly where they should be, the neckline sits flat against the back of my neck and fits closely around my neck, and the rest neatly follows my shape.
For those who want a close-up of this slightly strange feature . . .
And that’s how it happens!
A tip: When you are contemplating alterations, have your tailor show you how the garment is constructed — take note of all the seams and think about where a line can be reduced but replicated. When you look, you will see, and the more you do it, the better you become at it.
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Since downtown emptied out last year, Fatima has been working out of her house and meeting clients at their houses or offices. If you are in need of alterations or ambitious dress-making, you are in need of Fatima. Her work is meticulous and inspired, and she brings both enthusiasm and patience to fittings. Post a comment and I’ll send you all of her contact information via email.
* I had two denim tops: this one from 2016 and this one from 2019. Now I have three.