Today for lunch, I took a jacket to Martin’s Tailor. They were the tailor that won my Tailor Trials. They had quoted me $55 last time to alter this jacket. This time, she sees the button holes (which she noted last time) on the sleeves and says, “Oh, I can’t do that (shortening the sleeves). The button holes are in the way.”
I was a little befuddled, but what was I going to do? Tell her, “No! You shorten those sleeves NOW!” So I left and went to see Ozzy at The Rack.
So Ozzy sizes it up, I point out the button holes, and he adjusts the sleeve length. Well, for the proper sleeve length, all three button holes would be tucked up in the new hem.
So he goes, “You’d lose all three button holes. Is that ok?”
I said, “Sure.” Thinking otherwise I have a jacket with gorilla arms.
And off we go. Problem solved. He’ll reattach the buttons decoratively and we’re set. Now, Nordstrom Rack charges twice as much for alterations to clothes you don’t buy there. LAME. He tells me this, fills out the alterations sheet, and comes back to me with his card.
"Here’s my cell phone number. I also do alterations at home. It’s a little cheaper."
BINGO! And just like that, I have a jacket that cost more to alter than it did to buy, but I have the home phone number of a tailor I like.