Go and sin no more, I assure you that the streets of heaven will be paved with hot, fresh-out-of-the-bubbly pan, golden brown, crisp puff-puff.
Ok, I’ll come clean, my actual agenda at weddings is the finger food a.k.a. Small Chops (SC). No Sir, the rice-moinmoin-plantain-coleslaw-and-chicken combo just won’t cut it. That’s my Sunday Lunch Holy Grail (SLHG) anyway, and I firmly believe that some things should be kept sacred.
See, I don’t have time for wedding reception waiters who ignore my meaningful stares, my gently raised eyebrows, pregnant with hints, and that subtle cock of my ‘Yellow Sisi’ head towards the empty table before me. I have even less time for those waiters who pretend to take my SC order, promise and then fail to come back with said order. Those ones are real heart breakers, I tell you.
Me? I simply take matters into my own hands. I bypass the meddling-middleman waiter and head off tottering in my high heels, armed with my Ruby Wooed pout (which is all the ammunition that I really need) to the back of the reception hall, where the real action is.
Now, that walk to ‘The Backyard’ must exude dignity, one mustn’t come off looking like a starved person who left home hungry and desperate to eat awoof food. No darling… floaty stride, dainty walk, smile and gaze straight ahead at nothing in particular. 😉
The walk back to one’s seat is even more important, so much at stake! One must exude regal confidence, you are the Queen of queens of Small Chops (insert King of kings, if required).
I digress… Ah! The Backyard deserves a post all by itself, the air out there vibrates with mouth-watering energy. This is where the frying of Puff-puff, the crispening of Samosas, the springing of Spring rolls, the breading of Shrimp, the sticking of mini-Kebabs, and the mashing of Mosas happens live and direct. And on those God-ordained days when one really wins the SC jackpot, there will also be spicy Asun beaming sunnily at one (see what I did there?).
Once I arrive at my destination, I quickly do a visual scan with my OgaRadar™, it let’s me know who exudes the most in-chargeness vibe. It is to this Chosen One that I make my polite request for what is due to me, speaking in my clear, natural accent, words properly enunciated etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
Yes, I ask for what is rightfully mine. I mean, I paid for the aso-ebi, plus it is my friend that’s getting hitched, so I respectfully demand to be fed.
But really, how else will I do the Electric Slide? or even komole to Shina Peters? if hot puff-puff has not graced my tummy?
So if you happen to spot me at a wedding reception one Saturday, sweeping past and re-sweeping past you, armed with 2 plates of SC, try not to judge me. Kindly understand that I did what you might consider “a walk of shame” simply for the agape love of Small Chops.
Anyway, I used chopped-up pieces of 3 different fabrics (Daviva ankara, soft lace, and pure silk) to make this shift dress with a pleated peplum hem. Using the quilting technique, I cut and joined square-shaped, 4 by 4 inches pieces. The printed motif on the ankara was conveniently square-shaped.
While sewing, I underlined the lace with the silk, I like how the deep pink peeks prettily through the lace. I’d like to add that pure silk is even more slippery than an eel, it just kept shifting and changing shape!
35 square pieces produced a 20 x 28 inches quilt . I used black Aba lining as my backing material/bottom layer and ‘stitched in the ditch’, by sewing between the seams of the “chops” in the top, to join both layers.
The pattern that I used is simply a vertical extension of my self-drafted bodice pattern, I simply ignored both the waist darts and also added some ease at the waist shaping originally done at the side seams, as I wanted a slightly boxy silhouette. I chose a simple jewel neckline and short, slightly fitted sleeves.
While, attaching the invisible zipper at the back, I made sure to perfectly align the printed motifs on the ankara fabric at the Centre Back (CB) seam. The neckline edge was finished with a one-inch wide bias strip cut from black poly silk fabric, I first under-stitched and then did hand-sewn discrete slip stitches. Apart from the quilted front, the dress is unlined.
I sewed two layers of knife pleats, to give the peplum hem more body and flounce, the ankara fabric was used for the shorter, outer layer and a black poly silk fabric for the longer, inner layer. The rolled hem technique was used in hemming both the outer peplum and the sleeves. I opted to finish the inner peplum hem with pinking shears, as I wanted the zig-zag frayed look.
I love my new dress, it’s fun and girly. 🙂