After my interview with Ellen Lubin-Sherman, I began to think of her words: “some of my clothing can be worn the day after I purchase it, but most of my pieces need a little work — shortening the sleeves of a coat, adding cuffs to a pair of pants — to make them look perfect.” I thought I used a tailor properly: to shorten the length of a pant leg, to remove and streamline pockets, or to adjust a sleeve length. But to truly alter and perfect an article of clothing was relatively knew to me and that came as a surprise, as I think it would for many women (it tends to be something only men do). When I bought this colorful pencil skirt I loved the look, the feel, and the length. I could have left it as was and it would have been fine. But the notion of tapering it just a touch at the sides took it from fine to modern and edgy. Then it could become a true pencil skirt. I tried master tailor, Dario Basilone and his business, Paradise Tailors, at Ms. Sherman’s recommendation.
A native of Benevento, Italy, Dario’s parents were both tailors. He learned his trade from them and from master tailors in Italy. After moving to the United States Dario and his brother (who eventually returned to Italy) worked for his uncle. When his uncle retired, he took over his tailoring business and Dario has been tailoring ever since. The way he masterfully adjusted my skirt is a reminder that the right alterations make all the difference. Why wear something that is almost-right when you can wear perfection? Or should I say Paradise?!
Pencil skirt, blouse and shoes from Talbots.