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A public service announcement

2010 October 28
by elizabeth_admin

Do you see that big X on my new suit skirt’s vent?  What do you think it’s there for?

  • If you said it is an embroidered embellishment, YOU’RE WRONG!
  • If you said it is to keep your vent closed for modesty’s sake, YOU’RE WRONG!
  • If, instead, you said it’s to keep the skirt looking nice in the store and that one should remove the stitching after purchasing the skirt so that you can wear the skirt as it is meant to be worn, well then, YOU ARE CORRECT!!!

My friends, I can’t tell you how many times every week, I see some poor deluded soul with their skirt or coat vents still stitched up.  I just can’t believe that A) no one has told them to remove the stitching, and B) that they actually think it’s supposed to remain there. 

So, please pass along this apparently much-needed service announcement to as many people as possible.  We have an epidemic on our hands!!!

P.S.  If you deduced that I bought a RTW suit recently by the picture above,  you’re correct.  I really needed a brown suit in my wardrobe since apparently I’m still a growing girl (unfortunately).  And I found the perfect brown suit at Ann Taylor recently.  It went on sale, so I just snapped it up.  Since I haven’t perfected a TNT suit jacket yet and don’t have time to do so right now, I had to buy a suit.  This is, in my opinion, a perfect suit for me.  It’s fitted without being tight, has great yet subtle seam details, and is very slimming.  I have discovered that 2 or 3 button suit jackets are the way to go with a larger bust.  1 button jackets don’t give you waist definition and just plain make you look 20 lbs heavier than you are.  (How do I know this?  Because my last two suit purchases were 1 button jackets.  Argh!)  I feel really great in my new suit today.  🙂

15 Responses leave one →
  1. October 28, 2010

    Hahaha.. awesome! I’ve seen this one a few times 🙂
    Although, I do keep my suit or jacket pockets sewn shut, so they don’t get stretched out 🙂 is that a no-no in your books too?

  2. October 28, 2010

    I also wonder about if there’s a rule about sewn pockets! I like mine open so I can put stuff in them, and am appalled when I find I haven’t opened a pocket but maybe it’s a personal choice 🙂 The skirt X is appalling but funny though

  3. October 28, 2010

    Thank you. This is a personal pet peeve of mine. Pockets are a personal preference but skirt and coat vents must be clipped. 🙂

  4. Serenity permalink
    October 28, 2010

    Don’t be mad that you bought something RTW. Even Julia Child went to a restaurant every now and then.

  5. October 28, 2010

    The other one is that the pockets really do open and you have to unpick them.

  6. October 28, 2010

    I am guilty of doing that also. 🙂

  7. sewingkm permalink
    October 28, 2010

    When I purchase jackets w/pockets I usually keep in the hidden stitching as it keeps the pockets from sagging and I don’t like putting stuff in my pockets anyway because it adds bulk. And I don’t need any more bulk on my body!
    Karen in Houston

  8. October 28, 2010

    Thank you for this “public service announcement”!!! I always want to tap strangers on the shoulder and tell them to take the stitches out:):) Pockets are a choice but it always amazes me how many people think they have “false pockets” and are clueless that they need to remove that stitching.

    P.S. It is okay to buy RTW!!!! Make the fun stuff that you enjoy.

  9. Meredith P permalink
    October 28, 2010

    I have to admit, I’ve never seen anyone wearing anything with the telltale “X”. I hope I would have the courage to mention the fact that it should be removed if I ever do. Like others, I’ve been known to keep pockets basted, because of the bulk issue.

  10. Lindsay T permalink
    October 28, 2010

    LOL! I forgot about this X on a new dress I had bought and was out in public before I realized it was still on there. Quel horreur!

  11. October 28, 2010

    I agree with you about the 1 vs 2-3 buttons on jackets. It’s good that you have found a suit that looks great, that’s taken the pressure off somewhat, I’m sure. We can’t make everything, and, now you can put off making a jacket for a while and sew something else.
    Re the sewn pockets, I keep mine sewn together too, same reason as others have said.

  12. October 28, 2010

    he he.. yes I’ve seen X’s plenty of times too. Even funnier is the men’s jackets with the cloth label left on the end of the sleeve…

  13. October 29, 2010

    I see a fair number of those Xs on winter coat vents. It’s always strangers, though. I would tell a friend to remove it but a stranger might not appreciate the gentle education.

  14. November 1, 2010

    I had to physically restrain my DH from informing a stranger-sporting-an-X about this sartorial no-no. The stranger in question was a no-nonsense Montana cowboy who was out on the town with a lady-friend (and wearing a vented, but still “sealed”, sport coat). I was worried that the potential “loss of face” might result in a fist fight! (This is always a genuine concern in these parts.)

  15. KathleenS permalink
    November 1, 2010

    I think retailers are trying to make it more obvious than it used to be with the stitching blatantly not matching the garment.

    But your message may be getting out there. I saw two young men on the street the other day all dressed up on their way to the races and one of them was pointing out to the other that he should undo the vent stitching on his smart new suit.

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