When I see an interesting garment, I mentally take it apart and analyse the fabric and pattern pieces. I enjoy the thrill from challenging myself to replicate the style, if only in my head.
Likewise, I hope our Ogas-at-the-top squeal with glee (I recommend a high-pitched “weeeeeee”) and then proceed to challenge themselves to replicate when they see interesting countries where systems and processes work beautifully for the benefit of all.
Switzerland seems like a fine model, and there isn’t a patent or copyright law on countries as far as I know. Besides, imitation is supposedly the best form of flattery.
So, Dear Nigerian leaders, kindly flatter the Swiss, make them blush so hard from your flattery, that Mac Cosmetics would feel compelled to release a limited edition lip colour (preferably matte) aptly named “Swiss Red”, matching the distinct shade of a blushing, flattered Swiss.
Admittedly, what works for one country might not work the exact same for another as is, some concepts aren’t a one-size-fits-all. This is where native sense comes in handy for infusing a few custom-sized tweaks here and there, because some people are naturally wired to outsmart the system, seeking for loopholes to twat like Pokemon.
Without mincing words, the thrill of self-enrichment at the expense of others is like a determined Mammywater, you cut off her shiny tail and three more immediately grow back in the same place like a reverse-hydra. She splashes water over your head taunting, laughing and wriggling away, leaving you wondering about Victor Uwaifo’s hit song.
It is therefore imperative that all such watery loopholes be blocked with cunny man die, cunny man bury am laws, quite like the recent Whistle-blowing policy.
Often over-flogged, still, politics will always give food for thought.
Anyway, when I watched the video to Adele’s “Send my love to your new lover” I was mesmerised by the dress she wore and I knew I wanted a similar dress.
A Google search later, and I learned that it was a $7,995 Dolce & Gabbana silk chiffon dress which flew off the shelves shortly after the video debuted. As if once one encased their own mortal bodies in said dress they’d immediately develop the Adele-like tendency of releasing back to back hits, and in that heavenly voice, no less.
Truthfully, it’s a rather elementary design, but the wow-factor is the fabric.
The floral print is acclaimed to have Sicilian influences, and seems to me like what a Mafia matriarch would don all day every day, while ordering the assassination of her lover’s almond-eyed other lover in one breath, and commanding the harvesting of plump olives in another breath.
I read 3 of Mr. Mario Puzo’s excellent books recently, so I do know these things.
Well, I found this pretty polyester chiffon at Lagos Island Market and it seemed perfect for this sewing project. I purchased 5 yards.
The bodice was drafted using my basic sloper, with the bust darts transferred to the waist line.
I opted to underline rather than line the bodice but left the sleeves sheer, and bound the hem with bias tape.
I made one tweak to the original design, after binding the neckline with bias tape, I hand sewed a pink velvet ribbon using firm discrete stitches which added a vintage-y touch to the dress.
Skirt was gathered with hand stitches using a dirndl silhouette, which is basically one large rectangle scrunched to my waist width at the top edge. It was fully lined, both shell and lining were hemmed with a narrow double fold machine stitch.
My curiosity got the better of me, and I must confess that I did try to break into song after wearing my new dress to see if my vocal range had improved. No such luck, Adele remains the sole Queen of that particular throne. 😉
Portraits by Chuck Daniels Photography