(there are probably more than a few seamspeople, but I wanted to throw as wide a net as possible)
This is my Dad.
He retired from the Detroit Police Force in 1996.
I wear this badge I pilfered from my mother’s jewelry box many years ago. It has his badge number.
My dad used to wear this jacket and then he gave it to me. You’ll pardon me when I say it’s beat to hell, but it’s true. Doug and I have different reasons for wanting to keep it (you probably won’t even have to ask him twice to tell you the Story), and Doug wears it mostly, but when I look at it I think of my dad.
I just want a new lining put into it and the seams and cuffs cleaned up. I don’t want it to look like new, I just don’t want to lose my keys and loose change in the lining of the pockets. The first few tailors I visited said it wasn’t worth their time. When I was finally able to get a price (what I though was reasonable for materials and time), the gentleman told me I would be better off just cutting off the D and sewing it onto another jacket. Then I could pitch the rest.
That broke my heart and I left.
This is my dad’s jacket. I can see him wearing it when he drove me down to college, when visited me in my dorm room, stopped by my first apartment.
Is there someone out there that can put a lining in my dad’s jacket, clean up the cuffs and repair the frayed seams. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just wearable. Please send me an email or comment here and quote me a price.
We don’t just cut and sew the parts of memories we think are worth saving.