Sewing machine and cover

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I finally got a sewing machine! After two failed attempts with second hand machines I decided to buy a new one. Costco not only had my trusty Singer brand but one with flowers.

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Dihua neighborhood has fabric galore and after a shopping visit I set about making a cover for my new machine. It’s so wonderful to be working with fabric again!

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This is my first sewing project since leaving Portland. Not only does it fit great, the fabric is a cheerful print.

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I finished it off with a blind hem stitch for practice and it turned out great.

Speaking of new additions

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Hazel is welcoming the puppets’ newest roommate to Casa Twosh.

And speaking of puppets, I managed a couple more visits to the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum before school started. I got to hang out with my friend Rosie before she leaves Taiwan and work on more pillow supports for puppet costumes. This internship has taught me so much!

Two Shirts, Two Skirts

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I had two other pieces of ill fitting clothes from a Taiwan shopping trip. This tank top looked like it would fit but had ruffles that ended up being too scratchy to wear and elastic that made the fabric bunch up at an unflattering angle. My trusty seam ripper soon fixed things.

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Now I have a lightweight skirt that’s great to wear in this hot weather. Next up was this blue top:

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The fabric is a soft t-shirt material but off the shoulder sleeves with tight elastic made wearing it quite uncomfortable. I turned the sleeves inside out, sewed the bottom edge to create two pockets.

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This skirt is one of my new faves-soft, comfortable and light enough for summer wear.

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Selfie skirt pic

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Clothing mods are now done. Now it’s time to buy a sewing machine to make some new clothes!

Pants Transformation

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There’s a lot of clothing stores in Taiwan and while shopping here is fun there are some challenges. A lot of the stores don’t have dressing rooms so I can’t try on items before buying and many of the clothes are too small for me. I now take a measuring tape which helps tremendously. These pants had a nice stretch waist and cool pleated legs but when I tried them on at home I realized the pants were too tapered for a comfortable fit.

What to do? My trusty seam ripper saved the day! I took out the inner seams, laid out the open pants and realized I now had an excellent skirt.

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The open seams make excellent side splits which give the skirt an excellent drape. Plus it gives some extra ventilation, much needed in this hot Taiwan weather. Drapey scarves are easy to find here and I bought one in a soft lavender. Rebuilding my wardrobe feels so good.

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Josh and I love the new apartment and the abundance of nearby restaurants. We still cook at home too. The other day I made an easy lunch by frying up tofu and veggies with kimchi. So spicy and delicious!

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Tiny Stitches, Tiny Shrimp

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My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum just passed the three month mark so Kim gave me this lovely pin cushion, which I’ll need for my current work. Rosie and I are making customized puppet costume pillows.

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The pillows give the costumes a dimension which really brings them alive. And they help to open up creases without damaging the material. My top stitches are so small I need a magnifier.

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Josh and I went to Wulai to hang out with our friend Tobie to discuss our latest developments on Formosa Moon. We stopped at my favorite restaurant and had some small fried shrimp. They crunch just like popcorn!

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Petals, Pillows and Pizza

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My flower petals are coming along. This is a long term art piece that will take months to complete. I hope to have it finished by the end of the year.

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My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theater Museum is enjoyable. I’m currently making pillows to protect the puppet heads.

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This marionette puppet now has a protective cushion in case of an earthquake. As I put the pillows in place I get to see the gorgeous collection up close which is a real treat.

Speaking of treats, there’s an abundance of delicious food in Taiwan but there’s one thing I’ve been missing-pizza. I’ve only had gluten free pizza here once, back when we were visiting Taitung. I haven’t found a place in Taipei selling it so Josh and I experimented in the kitchen. Behold the gluten free goodness!

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The crust was a mixture of white rice, potato starch and corn starch. We added enough wet ingredients until the dough was actually stretchy. It was scrumptious and completely satisfied my pizza cravings.

T-shirt mod

Coming to Taiwan meant giving up most of my wardrobe. Now that we’ve been here four months I’m getting tired of the few clothes I brought with me. A recent trip to a night market landed me some comfortable tshirts. They’re soft but are cut for a man and have stifling tight collars. Time for my first sewing modification project! Thankfully, my friend Kim let me use her machine as I’m currently without one. (In other news, if any of my Taiwan friends know of a second hand sewing machine for sale let me know!)

First I cut off the elastic collar and made a more open neckline.

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Then it was time to take in the waist. I took in an inch on each side and then flared out the seams toward the bottom.

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So much better! Two more shirts to tackle.

This beautiful leaf skeleton was lying nearby. I think it looks like lace.

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