My first “real” job was during my last year of high school. I had taken classes in various business subjects. In that last year of high school, we could do a “co-op”. That meant we could work part of the time instead of going to school. It would count as a credit towards our diploma.
The place I got a job was at a men’s tailor shop. The owners were a very nice older German couple. They had two other men working for them, too. One of the men had had brain surgery for cancer. He had a big, long scar all around the top of his head. He told me all about it. He was always happy and full of fun. I thought he was very brave!
The tailor shop made suits to order. One of the salesmen would measure the man, and the customer would choose a fabric and style he (or his wife!) liked. The people in the back of the shop would then cut and sew the suit.
The suits cost a lot of money. There were also suits already made that the customer could buy instead if they wished. They could also rent suits or tuxedos for weddings or parties.
I worked at a little desk. I answered the phone, wrote letters, filed papers and did some bookkeeping. It was about a mile walk from my school to work. I passed many clothing shops. That wasn’t good because I spent a lot of the money that I earned in those shops! I worked at the tailor shop for almost a year. It was a good experience and helped me get my next job with the United States Navy. That was fun, too!
someone whose job is to make men’s clothes, that are measured to fit each customer perfectly
ￚsee also dressmaker
▶MARK ON SKIN◀
a permanent mark that is left on your skin after you have had a cut or wound
He had a long, curved scar on his right cheek. a deep cut that could leave a permanent scar
cloth used for making clothes, curtains etc
our new range of fabrics and wallpapers cotton/silk/synthetic etc fabric printed cotton fabric
a set of clothes made of the same material, usually including a jacket with trousers or a skirt
a grey light-weight suit a business suit a tweed suit She was wearing a black trouser suit.
ￚsee also morning suit
a man’s jacket that is usually black, worn on formal occasions
a man’s suit that includes this type of jacket