Today I finally made it back to my lovely sewing machine…..bliss…..er not quite.
let me tell you a story….
When I went back to work last month I pretty quickly realized that I was more than a little lacking in the business attire area. Well after 18 years away from an office I guess that had to be expected.
So I took a walk through a couple of department stores in Zürich. The aim was to find two (pretty conservative) business suits and a few shirts that I could wear them with. Not a big deal, you would think.
But then this was Zürich and not London or the US. And in Zürich, well shall we say that everything is somewhat on the expensive side. Actually not somewhat, let’s just be honest here and call a spade a spade. It’s VERY AMAZINGLY EXPENSIVE!
What I pretty quickly realized is that….
- a) Nothing fits me because I’m a funny shape – waist too small (or bottom too big, but that’s not how I’m looking at it) and
- b) I am disinclined to pay what a small car would cost for two suits and a few shirts.
Thank God for the internet is all I can say.
So I ordered a suit from Boden (which arrived, fitted perfectly and cost a snip in the sale, but is actually made of jersey, so may not wear brilliantly) and two from TM Lewin (in the sale with a massive 70% off), where I have bought shirts since I first started work many, many moons ago. The Lewin’s suits took a good while getting here…but that’s a story for another day…and are absolutely perfect and lovely apart from the fact that I could store my handbag (large) in the waistband with me, no problem. We are talking oh, maybe 6 inches too wide…
Now sending things back is always a hassle and knowing my luck the next size down will probably be great on the waist but straining over the haunches, so I decided that well, I can sew. How hard can alterations be?
Hmm…..tailored skirts..with the most complicated construction at the waistline I’ve ever seen. I really didn’t know it was possible to make a skirt in such a convoluted way. I think I now know why people train for years and years to become tailors. Boy, what a lot of pieces to unpick and resew and unpick and resew..
But I’m getting there….it’s just taking me a while….
And that dear friends is the sum of my sewing afternoon. Tomorrow at work I shall look seriously the business and with any luck I may make it to something pretty and colourful and patchworky before too long.
Have a great Wednesday,