Friday, April 26, 2013

Street Tailor



We wrap up New Orleans Week with this picture of a Street Tailor. It was taken in 1935. It seems that sewing is rapidly becoming a lost art. It is funny, though, that in Africa street tailors are still a common sight. People set up pedal sewing machines on the street in town, and will do simple mending or hemming jobs for anyone who will bring them work.

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  1. Seems strange to see a man doing what is generally considered to be a woman's job, but I guess the this was a financial issue rather than one dealing with right to work laws (non-existent in 1935). Good picture.

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  2. It is not so much becoming a lost art, as it is becoming too expensive. You can buy a new pair of pants for the cost of replacing a zipper, or having a pair hemmed to the correct length.

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  3. wonder if that was an old "singer" sewing machine? I dont see any name on it.

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  4. In the city's you used to have alot of men tailors. My next door neighbor was a tailor in the garmet district in Boston for 50 years. Tailoring isn't as expensive as one may think. I got my pants let out for a suit I have for 8 bucks. The tailor told me he wouldn't be able to let out the waist line anymore so I'd better not gain anymore weight or pony up the money for a new suit.

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  5. Tailoring and sewing are two different things.

    Sewing is becoming very expensive, unless the fabric, patterns etc are on sale , you can buy premade garments cheaper.
    The exception is speciality garments, like clothing for
    historical re-enactments.

    I like to sew.

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