Thursday, November 21, 2013

Orange crush

A little while back, I discovered a good spot in the market for silk.  On the main entrance into Stanley Market, at the T-junction and across from the shoe shop, is a shop selling what appears from the outside to be grandma style clothing.

But it's not just for grandmas.  I found a floral skirt and blouse combo, seen here.  And, more recently,  I found this pants and blouse number.

The whole outfit is 100% silk.  The pants were so comfy it was more like wearing pajamas for a day.  The best part of it all was that I paid only 20 Hong Kong dollars for each piece (that's 40 dollars total and an equivalent of 5 US dollars!)

The blouse was originally long sleeved, but as soon as I saw it, I realised it should be changed.  Maybe the sleeves.

Not being able to use a sewing machine myself is one of my main regrets, especially when I hear that it's actually not that hard.  Like so many other crafts (i.e. knitting, crochet, cross stitch), it's one that is being replaced or forgotten.     

I can stitch a button on, repair a hem and even sew up a small hole, but that's about it.  And, it's probably more than most people can do these days.

I wanted to turn the sleeves from a traditional menswear type shirt sleeves into a more cap-sleeved style.

Lucky for me, my seamstress Gilly, wife of Master Wong who used to be located in Stanley Plaza, helps me see through many of my alterations (or visions, if you will).  This alteration was a piece of cake for her.   

I stopped by their new shop, right in the market just past Lucy's French restaurant, to show her how her handiwork turned out.  Then I strolled by the little grandma shop and the women there were pleasantly surprised to see the outfit in it's new incarnation, too.  

And even though it's more orange than I ever thought I'd wear, I'm looking forward to styling it up again.  By the way, definitely check out Master Wong's shop in Stanley Market.  They used to be up in the plaza, but with soaring rents they decided a move into the market was necessary.  Not only does Gilly do alterations, but they also have a wonderful collection of leather jackets, wallets, handbags and accessories.  I love them.

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