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From: ladonna
Date: 02-27-2006, 03:29 PM (1 of 10)
I am starting an alteration shop with my mother . She sews very well and has over 25 year exp. However, I am not quite familiar with the expressions because English is not my first language. A customer asked me about altering slacks on skirt, but I have no idea what she was talking about. What does she want?
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From: Pudge99
Date: 02-27-2006, 05:10 PM (2 of 10)
Honestly, English is my first language and I don't know what she was talking about. Slacks is another name for pants. Maybe have her bring the item in and show you what she means.
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From: MaryW
Date: 02-27-2006, 06:30 PM (3 of 10)
Hi ladonna and welcome to Sew Whats New. English is my only language and I have no idea what she is referring to. Don't feel bad.
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From: GreenDragonLady
Date: 02-27-2006, 08:24 PM (4 of 10)
I wonder if she meant making slacks into a skirt. I've seen that done before. Other than that I don't know!!
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 02-27-2006, 10:04 PM (5 of 10)
:shock: What a weird question...maybe she wanted alterations on slacks AND a skirt....(I live in the south and often have to ask my husband or others to translate what I call 'southern mush mouth'. They DON'T ennunciate words down here and I have trouble understanding them.)
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From: Sancin
Date: 02-28-2006, 04:07 AM (6 of 10)
Do you think she meant that the skirt is too big -ie. slack?
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From: ladonna
Date: 02-28-2006, 06:55 AM (7 of 10)
Thank you so much for all answers. I think she was asking me about pants and skirts. Also, you all made feel much better about my english.
User: ladonna
Member since: 02-15-2006
Total posts: 4
From: weezie
Date: 02-28-2006, 07:46 PM (8 of 10)
Your English is not lacking in any manner,but there are some slang words that pertain to an area which really don't make sense in another area.I asked my DS's new wife who speaks 4 languages if she could find the meaning of slacks in skirts and she could not make sense of this either.I have a few English penpals and also have never heard that term from them and we often talk sewing.Hope you can solve this. Weezie
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From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-03-2006, 02:25 PM (9 of 10)
Hi Ladonna welcome to sew what's new. I wonder if she mean coolots (SP?) the kinds of pants that look like a skirt in front and are really a pair of slacks. Let us know if you find out what they are, now you have me curious.

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From: swartzrn
Date: 03-03-2006, 02:28 PM (10 of 10)
I have no earthly idea either what she's talking about and I'm from Alabama--if it is a strange saying, we have it. Sorry, I'm stumped with that one!
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