When I left home for school I struggled with a few things…those things being a lack of hairdresser that I could trust with my curls, someone I could trust with eyebrows, and a seamstress I could trust with my clothes. And let’s not forget about doctors…another hard thing to find! Luckily I was only about 3 hours from home and was home every 6 weeks or so, so I was able to schedule haircuts and doctor’s appointments for when I was home.
I had the same problem when I moved to NYC. There it was a bit harder to wait to schedule this stuff for trips back to the Wex so I was forced to find a hairdresser (and we all remember those attempts–some good and some bad!). And I became obsessive about maintaining my brows (which was actually something a roommate complimented me on. She came up to me while I was getting ready one day and was like “you know Booty, your eyebrows always look fantastic.”) so that when I had to go a long time between shapings, it didn’t matter; they were always maintained.
When we moved down to Philly I was able to find a doctor PDQ* thanks to a recommendation from a friend from home. And I was able to find a hairdresser who I am a little bit (read: completely) obsessed with. She is SO good. She actually changed the way that I style my hair.
But now. A seamstress. Oh lordy.
I have NEVER found a seamstress who I like as much as my lady from home. She is THE BEST. I even managed to have her alter my wedding dress for me (and thank God because I was WAY TOO SCARED to have ANYONE else touch it!). In NYC I had to have a pair of jeans hemmed. It was a nightmare. They are bulky at the bottom b/c of the hem job. And they are weirdly unwearable. But Madge. Oh Madge. Every dress from my junior prom on. She’s managed to add straps where there were none (even beaded straps on my senior prom dress!). She’s been tailoring my clothes for so long that she knows what I’m looking for. For example, even though I need to hem them, I like to wear my jeans long and she knows how much to take off and how much to leave.
And so now I’m bumming. Hard. Because I bought a super cute skirt a few weeks ago from J. Crew online and…womp womp womp. It doesn’t fit. Even though I know my measurements and used those to figure out what size I am (but don’t get me started on sizing–that’s another post for another day) it still doesn’t fit. But it was final sale and therefore I can’t return it and I don’t want to because it is hella cute! And for the price (hello $17.50 from J. Crew!) I don’t even WANT to return it. But now I have to find a seamstress/tailor. Someone I can trust not to screw up this skirt. Plus, I’ve got a bridesmaid’s dress that will need a SERIOUS hem alteration in the near future!
So here’s hoping I can accomplish in just a few weeks what I haven’t been able to accomplish in the past 7 years!
*I can’t believe I actually typed PDQ. I feel like such a cornball. Eh, I’m okay with that.