Friday, January 1, 2021

Well, shall we get back to it?

 Good Question. Shall I get back to it? What is it I want to get back to? Not to make this tailoring blog  a confessional, but these are questions that I am asking myself.

Where do I go from here may be a more pointed question. The past three years (that is shocking!) since I last posted seem have flown by in a mishmash of illness and stress and just carrying on as best as I could. The past year has hit our industry particularly hard and I have friends and colleagues around the country reeling from the blow. Almost all avenues of making a living as a theatre professional have disappeared, although film and tv work is continuing on, not all of us are able to, or desire to tap into that side of the business in a full time manner.

So, standing at the edge of 2021, looking over the edge, I think that I need to come up with a plan, and I hope that I can come back to the blog and perhaps with a few adjustments, move forward with learning some new things and bringing you along on the journey.

I wish you all the best in the year to come, stay safe, be kind.


Art installation  Entre Les Rangs  by Kanva architecture at Place des Arts/Quartier des Spectacles Montreal


  1. Wow, back from the dead! Please post again on a regular basis, you have so much to share. I have really missed your blog posts these past years.

  2. I was also at a crosswords last year and ended up changing career paths. It turned out for the best in my case, and I hope it will be true for you as well.

    1. thank-you, it is true that sometimes turning a corner or taking a fork in the road turn out better than expected, and I am happy to hear that it is working well for you.

  3. I kindly suggest the (men's/women's) market for clothing alterations and custom clothing has dropped off a cliff since COVID (the women's market was already dropping for a couple years due to the "Politically Correct Situation"), EXCEPT for some remnants of the market for men with "fitting issues", essentially men who can't begin to find acceptable clothes in retail stores. These are the men with "lumpy muscles" and obese men. Gyms are closed now, so men building lumpy muscles are fewer, but they do exist. Clients can be found, just not as many as before. In addition, men with bellies bigger than their chests can't buy even close to decent fitting clothes in a store. How do I say this? Pick the "vain" ones, usually younger to middle-age, who believe seventy extra pounds is "loving size." Alterations generally generates steadier, more reliable income than custom-made clothing.

  4. well, I don't think that alterations are the area that would be right for me, but it is interesting to hear your take on things.

  5. The last time there was a pandemic, it was followed by a decade of very fashionable clothing, lets all just do a better job of preparing for the inevitable stock market crash at the end of it...

  6. Take care. If you continue your blog, I'll enjoy keeping up with your adventures.

  7. I would enjoy reading you! I left my part time costume job as a University Shop Manager right before the pandemic to focus on my full time job as an Instructional Designer. I really struggled because I didn’t want to give up my costume identity, but given COVID, I feel so lucky to have made that decision. I also went through three years of almost fully shopped shows, which did not satisfy me artistically, but there just wasn’t the budget to build. I though I could just take a rest for a semester and then maybe volunteer with younger students, but I didn’t get the chance. But yes, take care, and I learned so much from your blog!

  8. I am so glad your back to blogging as I have missed your updates on your work. I hope that whatever you decide to do, that you do keep blogging as I have learned from your blogs and enjoyed them. Keep safe.

  9. SO glad you're back and writing again. I think it's good for all of us! Can't wait to catch up on your's always informative and thoughtful!