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sarah in nyc

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Date: 11/5/10 3:22 PM

Last night I went to see"Life. Loss and What I wore", it's the Ephron sisters stage adaptation of the excellent Ilene Beckerman memoir.

The play is essentially a staged reading. All of the actresses walked out on stage to their seats. They al wore black off the rack dresses. All of them needed some darting in the back. I restrained myself and didn't walk on the stage to fix those dresses. I thought that it was ironic touch though.. A lengthy segment of the paly was about the experience of being in a store sressing room and how the clothes just DON"T fit. No I didn't shout..."it isn't you honey...it's that dhe dresses are drafted for a body that just isn't relateds to yours"

At the end of the play the actresses walked back off stage..and there were the back views of those dresses...still not fitting right. It's a terrific play...even without the darts.

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Date: 11/5/10 3:37 PM

LOL! I too look at how clothes fit people!

Nora :)

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Date: 11/5/10 7:43 PM

I'm surprised they didn't have any costumers to fit the dresses to them. My son does a lot of acting at a major theater near me and they have a fabulous costume department. They re-use costumes all the time but they always alter to fit.

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Date: 11/5/10 8:14 PM

I find that I not only look at people out in public and notice fitting problems, but I'm noticing costume selections and fit on TV shows. It really is a burden.

Glad to hear you liked the play.

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Date: 11/5/10 8:46 PM

Sarah, what a wonderful synopsis of a New York evening out. Your life is so very different from mine and I love to hear about what you do, see, read etc.

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Date: 11/5/10 8:59 PM

Jeesh. Sounds like the day I had. I worked on TWO dresses that I had started weeks ago, hoping to put a finish on at least one of them. They both need more fit adjustments and I am getting sick and tired of both them. I used to think I fit right out of the envelop, but not so anymore, I guess ... so anxious to be done, I put a zip in the back of one, and realize my swayback is too bad and I need to rip it out and adjust. On the other, I put a zip in the side, and it is so gape-y at the underarm, I better take that one out too. Ahghghghgh.

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Date: 11/5/10 10:39 PM

I think that those of us who sew are afflicted by this uncontrollable urge to examine everyone's clothing for fit and ,well just plain ugliness! When I was working on fitting pants I stared at rear ends a lot. I also stare at shoes. I lust after shoes and my feet just won't accommodate my obsession.

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Date: 11/6/10 5:11 AM

The play sounds wonderful. Yes, I know the feeling: I'm always looking at how women's clothes fit. Because I'm rather obsessed with FBAs, I tend to notice the fit over the bust area - and it's usually dreadful on most "real" women. I used to think i should just relax and not get so uptight about the poor fit on RTW. But once you have experienced well fit clothes, it's difficult to lower your standards - even if it involves hard work,muslins etc...

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Date: 11/6/10 6:21 AM

Our expectations are slowing sinking as we endure more and more of even the better lines of clothing being slapped together with all the care given to filling a bowl of soup.

With the canned stuff.

As long as the soup stays in the bowl, all is well.

That same level of care can be found in garments that come into stores, have never been pressed from Day 1 of construction to the time they hit the display racks, and often beyond. Around here, theatre groups do well with selecting costumes, fabrics and such, but no one ever presses the darned things. As a result they look awful, even if they do fit. And most really don't fit either.

I look. Oh boy, do I look. I also see that so many women would be better served by a side zipper, which I use after breaking my shoulder. I can't wear a lot of things that fit, because I can't zip it up, and the cat is no help there at all.

A friend was so upset when she'd gotten a dress that didn't quite fit between time of purchase and wearing, though it wasn't the darts. I told her that I couldn't possibly press it at that time, because my iron had been dropped on the floor about 6 times and I was afraid to melt her almost new dress. Lesson there? Press whatever you purchase, and do it right away and very carefully. You never know what fitting issues can crop up, or what can be fixed with an iron and pressing cloth.

Is it me? Am I becoming a curmudgeon? I do have a new iron, and I do fix things for the ladies on my wing of the apartment building, using an iron, a threaded needle and sometimes an adjustment to the darts, seams, or even installing new darts to make their purchases fit better. But noticing all those flaws and faults?

The first time I say, "When I was...we'd never be seen in public..."

Shoot me.

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Date: 11/6/10 8:27 AM

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the experience of being in a store sressing room


I know this was just a minor typo but I read this as "stressing room" and thought, "now THAT'S a good name for those little mirrored cubbies where nothing fits and you want to cry."

Sounds like a good night out. My daughter, who doesn't sew but is forced to live with a mom who does noticed a poorly fitted dress in a movie we watched last night. "I don't know about that dress, should the darts be RIGHT ON her nipples?" "No dear, they should fall one inch from the bust apex." Another teachable moment of parenting.

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