Friday, April 24, 2009


Holy cow! I actually made it through...prom season that is.


April is by far the WORST month in my alterations room. During this time we are working to get all of our spring brides ready and to top it off we have prom season. Most proms generally fall in April. These two things combined create the perfect storm. Our room turns into chaos almost overnight. While we do have some who plan ahead most prom shopping is actually done last minute. This year we did a record number of prom dresses. I have spent the last 5 weeks scrambling to get everything done on time and just trying to make it through the day. Sometimes sewing right up until 30 minutes before their fitting.

One of the reasons I hate prom so much is because the teenagers are SO RUDE! I am certain I never acted like this at 17. I am always in shock at how rude these girls are not only to us but to their mothers as well. This season we actually had a mother/daughter get into a fight right in the middle of a fitting.

90% of these girls want some slutty dress and then the moms get mad at us because we can't find a way to keep their daughter's boobs inside 4" of fabric. Newsflash moms, if the dress isn't appropriate before alterations, it's not going to be afterwards! Not to mention they are always in awe that they actually have to pay for alterations and they obsess over every stinking bead. There are 5 million beads on your dress no one is going to miss that one!!

There are always a few prom girls who come alone to their fitting and we spend time with them asking if it fits well and if they are happy. It never fails we will have half a dozen girls each season who come alone, tell us its fine and then go home and complain to mommy. Then their mother calls and yells at us! Same thing every year!

In the end we made it, we came out on the other side. None of my staff quit this year, so that's a plus. With better planning we did more dresses than ever before and managed to take our SUPER busy time to only 5 weeks instead of 8. We will still have a couple more busy weeks but we are over the hump and on the downhill slide! Thank you Jesus! For a minute I didn't think I would make it through. I have put together a rockin' staff this year and I wouldn't have made it without them. (Awesome job Deb, Jordan, Gloria, Ohnmar and Donna!)

The really good news only 3 weeks till vacation!