Desperately seeking chiffon

16 Dec

Apologies to those who might have already read this on Pattern Review.

There has been precious little sewing going on in this part of the world lately and it has not been because I have been spending time decorating for the festive season.  The big Rubbermaid totes are out from under the stairs and the tree has been purchased.  So that is the good news.  But life sometimes gets in the way and then there are incidents like this.  Bear in mind that we are not even sure this stuff will be a good colour match.  We took a chance and ordered it based on checking the colour swatch on several different computer monitors.  Eek!

Can’t find a good match in chiffon of any sort for the current ballgown, so DH hits the google and finds some that looks pretty good. Great that you can track the shipping! The seller ships quickly, they keep it at the border forever, but whatever – fuchsia silk chiffon is obviously dangerous and needs to be scrutinized. Then it is miraculously about to be delivered the next day! Huzzah! Not so fast…

The next tracking note is: “left at a UPS facility” and the next day, same note! OK, so let’s go pick it up. I don’t think so. After scrounging around for a phone number and getting “for your convenience” voice mail jail, I get a nice lady who tells me I can’t. I have to wait until they have a “failed attempt to deliver.” Which will happen on Monday. If they don’t leave it at the facility again. And of course she has no idea why they left it behind or if they plan to put it on the #$%^*ing truck on Monday, either!

To top it off, she hands me a nice bit of phrasing that I am sure they paid some customer service specialist to teach her to say. “That must be frustrating for you. You have been waiting to get that package for a long time and you would really like to have it.” Well, yes, I would. And I don’t appreciate being spoken to the way I speak to toddlers.

I don’t need the fabric right away and don’t have time to sew it, but omg this kind of stuff is aggravating.

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