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Sew What?

I have always been a slow, methodical sewer. Some people are able to whip through a simple project like mine in hours; my stuff takes days. Since my plan on Friday was to pull out my sewing machine and save some money because I can’t find anything I want in the many stores in the City—through no fault of my own, of course—I managed to stick to it. On Saturday night, I focused on the cutting, the part I do not like. It’s tedious and unglamorous. There’s nothing to brag about when I’m finished. The good thing is that it allows me to visualize clearly how the final project will look. I take my time doing it.

Today has been devoted to sewing two simple skirts—one from an elephant-patterned piece of fabric I bought in Senegal several years ago and the other is completely different. It’s an elegant rose piece with golden threads. Purchased in Florida, I believe. I may not have been able to purchase the skirts in store like normal people, which would have been so much faster, but I still believe in instant gratification—or at least not waiting so long. I decided to make the skirts first then the tops will follow.

I make the second-easiest skirt on earth, the first being a sarong which one tucks in or ties at the waist. Because I’m not a big fan of wrap skirts, I opt for the second choice. One piece of fabric cut into a square, sewed at the open seam but allowing for a split in the back so I can still walk. Make a casing at the top for an elastic waist, then finish the split seam and hem it. No buttons. No zippers. No interfacing. It is not terribly trendy, but it works.

After finishing the rose-colored skirt, I traded my Allen Zhang’s Er-Hu music for a movie that I have seen so many times that I don’t have to pay attention to follow the plot. Even so, I managed to prick my finger well enough to bleed. I never use a thimble. I might want to rethink that.


Success at last. It feels good, doesn’t it, to create something with your hands? Whether through pottery, carpentry, art or any other form, there’s something satisfying about the point of completion. Arguably, I am not quite finished. I have the coordinating pieces to sew that will complete each ensemble. For now, I am thankful for the few hours I spent entertaining my deep, dark inner fashionista. I guess I am ready for Monday now.

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