August 18, 2005
Downtown - no finer place, for sure
Downtown - everything's waiting for you
(I would've never known this song if it weren't for Seinfeld)
For me, going downtown is a bad idea on two accounts: first, it's bad for my health. Tourists keeps the city buzzing, but when they block sidewalk traffic not to sightsee, not to buy souvenirs, but to take pictures of squirrels, my blood pressure either jumps to 160/100 or drops to 75/50, I swear! Second, it's bad for my wallet, because they have jeans that fit. At least for the most part.
I won't mention how much I spent on these, but I'll say that I threw out four pairs of ratty jeans last week, and two of them I've had for at least 5 years. My jeans wear out on the bum, most often, and that's one of those things that, once it happens, there's nothing I can do but to toss them.
And now, exhibits A, B, and C:
Can I get a Scheiβe! in here?!?
Okay, typically I would, on my own, mark how much I need taken off, and take them to the tailor. $18/pair later, I'd be all set. But I think I can do this myself, no? I have the good scissors, a decent sewing machine, a chalk wheel and a ruler, and even spools of matching top stitch thread (the Gütermann brand, no joking around!). When I'm feeling particularly lucid (particularly lucid), I can even thread the machine without checking the manual.
I don't care enough to do that thing where you detach the hem and then reattach it; I'd prefer to make entirely new hems - since I wear jeans every day, they get the "worn-out" look soon enough. I think that maybe the first thing I need to do is launder these, so that they settle in and shrink as they may.
HELP! Please! Any special tricks for sewing denim? Especially with contrasting thread, I need the stitches to look as perfect as I can get 'em!
You know what I'll do? For starters, I'll take yet another old pair destined to join the other four in the trash and practice on it. Brilliant ;)