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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 8, Issue 3 (July 1, 1933)

Shootings at Suitings

Shootings at Suitings.

A tailor who knows his body-work from chalk to “cheese-cutter” and from buckram to basting is a “fitting” answer to the maiden's prayer. He is agent for Eros and holds venue for Venus. By shooting with suiting and sniping with snipping he can put perfidy on the spot and rekindle the flickering flame of fondness in a wife wearied by corkscrew pants and the hideous habiliments of her permanent paymaster, which represent “body-line bawling” in its loudest form. With a cut to leg or a fancy “over” he can bowl out beauty and convert acrimony to matrimony. He can get age bested with worsted, youth worsted with basted and renovate the body-work of the human one-seater so that it well might doubt the authenticity of its own rudimentary trigonometry. Thus the tailor tells his tale with shear and cheer and remodels the ancient to conform with the modern. Of course the lily needs no gilding nor the orchid orchestration, but we less exotic and more ox-etic specimens of haughty-culture require the attentions of the tailor to round off the corners and square the circles.

But there are tailors and tailors. There are good, bad and indifferent tailors. The indifferent tailors are merely indifferent and the bad ones convert robbery to robbery and are cut by cutters and taped off by the trade.