Can you imagine when untrained, unprofessional, never learning sewing person need to create a long skirt in just 1 day? It’s definitely like ‘Rumplestilskin’ story of a young girl forced to spin stacks of hay into gold 🙂
Well the story goes like this..One day in August 2012, my first daughter came home from school asked me if I brought her traditional ‘Minangkabau” costume from Indonesia. I said yes of course I brought it to Auckland in case one day she needs to wear a traditional costume to school. Then, her expression turned to be delightful. She rushed to my wardrobe and started to look for the costume. Then suddenly, I heard her screaming in frustrated “Mom, where is the skirt to go with the top?”. I reluctantly jumped of my cozy white sofa then went to her “What skirt are you looking for?” She started to cry and made me even confused “How can I wear the costume without the skirt mommy? Shall I wear it with legging? It is not supposed to wear it like that?”
I observed the costume and started panic..Yes, there is no skirt that she is looking for!! My GOD, how can I be so careless packing the costume not realizing the skirt did not go with it. Asking my mom to send the skirt from Indonesia to Auckland is definitely an impossible task to do since she has to wear the costume tomorrow for her International Day event at school.
My husband came up with a quick helpful yet frustrating idea “Let’s make the skirt now!!” He sounds like a patriot trying to save a poor young citizen 🙂 What!! Make a skirt out of what?? Newspaper?? Fabric?? I never learned how to sew before in my life and we do not have a sewing machine either..
Time is almost running out..We then hurried to the shopping district near our apartment hoping to find a fabric store that has not yet close the door since it is 4.30 pm already. Finally, we could manage to reach the store at 4.50 and directly went to shop assistant telling her that we need to find a cheap yet beautiful and elegant enough for making a traditional skirt 🙂
The friendly shop assistant escorted us to a section where we could see many selection of satin fabrics with the price ranges from NZD10 per meter to NZD70 over per meter. Okay, relax..take a deep breath..then our eyes spotted a lovely pink satin fabric which reminds us of a fairy dress or a pretty rag doll clothes. We bought a meter of that pink satin and ran back home as fastest as everyone could say “A baguette with mozzarella cheese on top” (I sounded like ‘Thea Sisters’ from Geronimo Stilton children books which my first daughter loves to read) 🙂
Enough with the baguette and mozzarella cheese..now what are we going to do with this beautiful girly pink satin fabric? Oh..we could make a barbie doll dress..Oh no..how about a cute girly pink satin pillow from our daughters’ bed? Stop..Stop..Start Focus!! Oh yes..a traditional skirt which I happened to forget to bring it from Indonesia..
I think I got it..First, fold the fabric into half and start sewing the sides..Done!! Then what?? Oh yes..start sewing the top by folding it a little bit like a size of your 3 fingers but leave the sides open..Done!! Then, how to make it wrinkle? Oh yes..insert the white elastic band with shorter length then the skirt so I think it will make the skirt wrinkle on top..Yes!! It works 🙂 Then what can we do with the left over band? Okay..Just stick it together with pin..Smart!!
Now..We present you a complete “Minangkabau Traditional Costume” with a skirt created by untrained tailor mom 🙂
What a fun challenging project 🙂