My career has been vast and adventurous and it’s mostly because I don’t often say no to a project. Some of my fellow seamstresses scoff at the idea of alterations. Not me. I’ve learned to really enjoy them because I always learn something new in how a garment is constructed. And practice has made me appreciate the art. When I give someone back a garment that is so seamlessly altered, they can’t even tell that I dissected it, I feel pretty good about that. There’s a satisfaction in knowing that my customers get their garment back and now it’s their favorite piece of clothing. A person who will spend the money on an alteration has a certain attachment to that piece, which carries over to me. I treat each piece carefully, giving it more longevity to continue it’s story. I love being involved in prolonging the life of a well made garment, and I love making a well made garment. This is what Minus the Dart is truly about, the art of longevity.
Here’s the trickiest alteration I ever did. Relining the inside of this leather motto jacket. I had to completely take out and re-pattern the pieces. Thanks for giving me the opportunity, Mark. May you wear it well.