The CoatCheck Tales

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Wardrobe Malfunction


Since I’m a freelancer in the fashion industry, I have to juggle my days and money income with other jobs. For instance I work for an evil financial corporation during the day and during the night, catering at rich people’s parties. I can’t dislike my day job more, the corporate/financial/lawyer’s world makes me gag …glurp! But the parties can be fun. My coworkers are mostly artists: actors, writers, painters, musicians, sports/yoga instructors, there’s even this hypnotherapist lady!, so let’s say, assorted crafty people.

On saturday night I often work on wedding parties, catering has nothing to do with MY craft until there’s a wardrobe malfunction –fashion emergency! When that happens people frantically run around asking if anyone  knows how to sew. I was approached that way by one of the managers and taken to the bridal suite.

A few brides maids surrounded one of theirs gesticulating and mumbling, I find my way into the group, get in the middle and see a young lady holding a strapless dress against her chest covering herself. She doesn’t say a word, only her peers talk to me.

– Look what happened! her dress is ruined! Can you help us? says one of them in a worrisome tone.

Let me see, I reply.

The zipper is broken and part of it is stuck, it’s unfixable. I declare with concern. We need to proceed to either rip it off and replace it, or leave it as is and sew the dress on the girl’s body.

I hear a murmur…The girls whispered, and looking at each other say: do what you think is best…

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I sent someone to get a spool of good-quality-matching-color-thread and needles and started. Sewing the dress on her turned out to be much more difficult than I thought. The dress was too small and tight – reason why it broke open in the first place. I needed help. I needed someone to hold the ends together as I worked.

It took me twenty minutes to finish it all. She looked stunning and immensely grateful. The girls clapped and cheered.

My job was done and had to move on. I winked at her, wished her good luck and closed the door behind me.

Thanks for stopping by 😉

One comment on “Wardrobe Malfunction

  1. Pamela Graham
    April 15, 2014

    You’re a hero!

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