Tuesday, 1 November 2011

I would go out tonight but I haven't got a stitch to wear

I'm stitching another one of these at the moment....they're proving very popular. I'm not sure if people just love The Smiths, or whether they do in fact have nothing to wear. I'm pretty sure it's a combination of the two. Actually, I think most people do have a 'stitch', it's just they're always finding new excuses to buy a fresh outfit.

Well, not me. Financial constraints and a general dislike of big shopping malls mean that when it comes to kitting myself out for big occasions and nights out, I just borrow clothes. I know. You've heard about borrowing, surely? We do borrowing really well round here actually. Just recently friends have popped round to borrow eggs, sugar, syrup, food colouring, vanilla, (it was different people, not just a neighbour making a cake with the contents of my kitchen) toys and pins. I have a sewing machine here on pretty much permanent loan (thanks Rach) and now, plenty of people willing to lend me the shirts off their backs so that I can look presentable at parties.

I've borrowed dresses for the last four weddings I've attended. I literally had nine dresses to choose from last time. It was like a remake of Pretty Woman in my bedroom. (With a shorter, heavier and less smiley woman) And people have offered shoes, bags, jewellery, wraps and coats too. My friends are so generous and I'm obviously not afraid to ask. I also like to think that the clothes are happy too. I don't want to anthropomorphise individual items of clothing, (I probably do) but if you think of all the work that goes into creating and selling a dress for instance. The design, making the materials, making the dress, shipping, packaging, selling - all the people and processes it goes through. Then we wear it once or twice and hang it in the wardrobe until the next clear out. The dress deserves better.

So if anyone has a big occasion coming up and needs anything to wear, you know who to ask. My mates. Not me, I haven't got a stitch to wear.

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