So, someone I know gave me gist of her conversation with a someone she knows, and it went thus:
My someone: I am traveling tomorrow o
Her someone: PJ ?
My someone: *blank confused stare*
Her someone: (ever so casually) Private Jet
My someone: (amused laugh) ah no, commercial
Who’d have thought that private jets would become so mainstream in certain circles, considering the harsh economic realities in Nigeria (ignore the gasp-inducing outlier that is the senators’ salaries)?.
Perhaps, it provides room for the less fortunate to be inspired and to aspire to be whatever it is that affords one the PJ life, but the wide income gap is rather disheartening.
Well, I made a lovely new dress and I flew commercial with Burda Air :-D. It was my first time purchasing a commercial pattern as I’d always been concerned that the sizing would not suit my body frame. I did not see the point of spending time adjusting the pattern to fit perfectly, might as well draft one from scratch!
But this one was great, I selected a size with bust-waist-hip dimensions that were close enough to my own measurements.
Description -Raglan sleeved dress with panels and cargo pockets.
The Burda Cargo pocket dress pattern was pretty easy to assemble, it was fun in a “one plus one equals two” sort of way. The instructions were in a clear, connect the dots format. I printed out the pdf pages, joined them with sticky paper tape and cut out my size.
I chose to sew a “wearable toile” to test-drive the pattern and I used a cheap but nice-looking synthetic silk fabric and cotton lining. Red is always so eye-catching.
The sewing process was pretty easy too, the only thing I was concerned about was ensuring that the panels were perfectly aligned. So, I used my tried and tested technique by first arranging and then pinning the adjoining bodice and skirt panel seams at the “meeting points” before sewing.
To finish the sleeve edge, I hemmed using double fold bias binding which I cut from the shell fabric, and stitched in the ditch. I used black lace hem tape at the hemline and blind stitched by hand, the scallops are very pretty 🙂
I made mine without the pockets and at the front shoulder seams, I added black piping for some contrast, which was made using some cotton twine and the faux leather that I bought at Tejuosho Market . I also shortened the sleeves by 6.5 inches.
Pattern verdict: I had a smooth flight!
EOI: Ah! If you are interested, a governor is currently shopping for buyers of the state-owned Bombardier Challenger 604 Private Jet, purchased for $45 million in 2012, to relieve him of the burden of maintaining it.
UPDATE TO POST: In response to both Timi and Skinny Efik Girl’s humorous comments about how the slang “PJ” has traditionally been associated with pyjamas, which is how I, myself have always used it, I shall now proceed to explain the differentiating phonology for the benefit of others.
Yes, this is a “Public Service Announcement”, and I might or might not have had my tongue-in-my-cheek whilst typing 😉
PEE.Jay: (Pyjamas) – Emphasis is on the Pee. You would recall that people either pee in their pyjamas, in the case of children, or get out of bed to pee while wearing said pyjamas.
Pee.JAY: (Private Jet)- Emphasis is on the Jay as in JET. You could even add flying sounds for special effect e.g.- “Whoosh!”