By: Erin Hogan-Braker of 7th Bone Tailoring
You know the final scene in the 1987 classic film “Dirty Dancing” where Baby is sadly seated at a giant table, awkwardly smashed into the wall?
She is trying to take in her sisters dismal performance at the talent show and struggling with her return to normalcy. Well, we feel for Baby. As professional on-set tailors our work for 7th Bone Tailoring only looks glamorous. We do have a front row seat to the world’s real life talent shows (watching JLo warm up for a performance turns us into fan girls every time) but in reality the space behind the scenes is just plain small. And cramped. We are often backed into corners, relegated to sewing on kitchen sink cover in packed RV’s, or worse yet, but not an uncommon day for us, we end up sewing in a closet.
You see, we have a unique job. We travel the world with our sewing machines and notions in tow, hemming the coattails of the rich and famous. We are masters of our craft called on to shape the clothing for some of the most iconic brands and celebrities. Often under do or die timelines and makeshift sewing areas.
That Grammy’s host perfect tux? That was tailored by Jenny Barone, in a dimly lit cranny of Madison Square Garden. Those racy Victoria’s Secret ads? The secret is our tailors nipping and tucking the lingerie and guarding the models from a wardrobe malfunction. The beach shooting location looks like bliss until the sun goes down and out goes the light. Where is the most common set up at a celebrities house? Where ever is out of sight and out of mind. No, these are not heartless celebrities forcing us into these closets — we just know we make a mess and sometimes it’s the only table available. Plus, to be fair, it’s a walk in closet.
About a year and a half ago, our real life Patrick Swayze, Daylight, arrived to save the day. Like the best Rom-Com movies, it was a chance encounter. The Daylight lamps first caught our eyes at a Bernina sewing machine conference. Their adjustable necks and powerful beams called out to us from the rows of vendors.
We typically sew 10 hours a day, 5 days a week and could tell this was going to be a different kind of relationship.