Geez! MIL should have at least offered to pay for replacement clothes.
Edited to add: whoops, I forgot that they were handmade and therefore irreplaceable. I'm so sorry!
Well, even though they were actually not replaceable, MIL still should have offered something. No amount of money could have replaced the clothes but the offer should have been made-the MIL should have tried her best to fix her mistake.
Exactly! And once she'd gotten the bill for the yarn & time involved, she would know better than to try that again!
Custom made wool suits, dry clean only, that the dry cleaner ruined ONE piece of.
They belonged to the seamstress. Who was told that "homemade stuff" had no value and they weren't going to pay ANYTHING. It was the only dry cleaner in the area...I forget if it was a rural area or if the seamstress did not drive & it was a pain in the asterisk to take much on public transit....
Her solution was to order a lot of "custom made" tags with a "designer name" on them. It happened to be her maiden name...but she didn't tell the dry cleaner that. The next time something got ruined (not frequent, but it was NOT stuff she could replace due to no more fabric and ruined the suit to have no jacket) - she pulled out the invoices that she used when sewing for hire (same "designer's name") and pointed to the price & the tag. The dry cleaner paid, grumbling, but paid - and apparently started paying more attention to her "stuff" because it was expensive custom made stuff instead of cheap home made stuff. Same clothes - just with a "custom made by XXXX" tag in it instead of tagless.
After reading that story about twenty years-four ago, I started sewing size tags & "made in USA" tags in clothes made for my niece & nephew - their mother didn't recognize the product line tag that I had made, but she no longer trashed things that were "home made". After the divorce, she kept the "good stuff" at her house until the kids had outgrown it, but at least I could hope that they got to wear it when they were staying with her....