Traveling with a tailor is bound to give you some great material.
Our makeover team had the pleasure of meeting Roger, owner of an incredibly worn, blue, button-front work shirt. Looking at it was like reading Roger's work story. "This paint stain here? That was two wall colors ago." Roger Halloway, director of facilities at World Bird Sanctuary, was proud to show us the label. "I've had this shirt for over 20 years," he said. "Got it from Lands' End in the 80s and I've worn it ever since." Geralyn remembered the shirt: "I think it's a Paintbrush Denim," she said. Geralyn's been with Lands' End for 25 years. "I remember it came in a bunch of colors." She was right. We found the shirt in a catalog dated 1987.
While Roger was busy modeling his new makeover look, Deb, our tailor, pulled out her sewing kit. "I can fix that," she said and quickly removed a button from the cuff. Perfect fit for the placket. She pulled a comparable button from her kit to replace the one from the cuff. You should have seen Roger's face when he saw his old favorite. "It's good for another 20 years!"
His makeover look was a thankful solution for days he'll be meeting visitors (see below). But as we left, we watched him go back to work wearing his old denim shirt, neatly buttoned.