Thursday, May 24, 2007

guilt blog

...only 'cause I haven't posted in so long and Jennifer told me she checks it everyday!!!

So this one is for you, Vera:

My alteration leap of faith--
I found this super hot pair of jeans I bought on ebay a long time ago while moving. They fit me muy bien but they needed to be hemmed. I, being a huge fan of the original hem (shortening a pair of jeans but retaining the original bottom with it's stone-washed goodness) and being unable to do it myself, had to find a seamtress in portland. I had no idea where to start so I busted out the good 'ol yeller pages and found the closest one to my house--Kham's Alterations. I walked into the tiny space on the outskirts of town where the line between Portland and Gresham are blurred to find a row of teal industrial machines and numerous sun-faded posters of Asian models wearing cheap looking clothing that looked like they'd been hanging since 1991 and a sweet little Asian women in a lavender pantsuit.

"Hi. Do you do original hems?"

(shocked look) "How you know?!"

Apparently, this lady didn't know about orig. hems until another client brought in her pants and she's been doing them every since. I think she thinks it's some secret trick, and word got out that she does them. I asked to see a pair so I could see it she sucked at it or not--they are hard to do! I've gotten at least 5 or 6 done, and the best I've ever seen is from Sydney Scissorbird in Bend. They charge $25 bucks and it's worth every penny! I had another lady do one and it was decent and she only charged $15 which was a total steal until she went out of business (probably 'cause she didn't charge enough....) I had one done through Banana Republic and it was the crappiest hem ever.

But this lady had none to show me. I had to make a decision--go search out a different place or take an alteration leap of faith. Since I am a lazy person and optimist by nature I went ahead and said "Pin me up!"

As she wrote up my slip she kindly and apologetically explained that since these take more time, she has to charge a little more that normal hems....(I braced myself) it would be $10. Haaahahhhaaaa. Alright, I mustered an understanding look to mask my delight.

Won't know until next Tuesday if my leap of faith was a success--either I get what I paid for and my pair of Citizens gets butchered or I just found a screamingly awesome deal and a new alteration joint. Here's hoping......

1 comment:

Breana said...

waiting with baited breath.....