Although Sew What? is primarily a manufacturer of custom theatrical drapery, doing the work here at our facility in Rancho Dominguez, CA, and then shipping our drapery to the customer’s location here in the U.S. or abroad, we do occasionally do work on site.  Megan recently told you about several of her work-related travel adventures – I thought I’d expand on one of those stories (Turkey) and tell you more about the project.

Cruising the Med

What: Cover 300 feet of exposed air-conditioning ducts on a cruise ship cruising the Mediterranean. Oh – and do it while the guests are sleeping.

Why: The AC ducts needed covering for insulation and appearance.  The problem was that they were all on the passenger deck of a cruise ship that wasn’t due for dry dock any time soon. 

How: The trick was to work silently through the night so as to never be seen (or heard) by the passengers on board – and to not leave a messy trail of construction.  Megan spent the first night measuring and drafting intricate patterns.  The second night she moved 30 pool deck lounge chairs out of the way and used the lines in the teak wood floor as a straight edge to roll out and cut large amounts of fabric.  The sewing and fitting began on night three – Megan opted to stitch in the breakfast room 30 meters off the port side – it was carpeted and had good lighting. 

Two guys from the ship’s staff assisted Megan that night and the next two from 11:30 pm to 5:30 am, while each piece was fitted – with the three of them cleaning and packing up each morning.  Megan said that it reminded her of being on tour, packing up each night to head to the next show!

On the final morning, the sun rose over the town of Kusadasi, Turkey, and the project was complete.  Megan had cruised from Italy to Turkey, working all night and sleeping through the day, to arrive in this beautiful place.  She disembarked from the ship and took the opportunity to visit the ruins of Ephesus, which she described as “amazing.”  Then, onto a plane to head back home.

Quite an interesting project, and one that, I think, demonstrates our ability to “think outside the box” and find ways to meet the needs of our customers.