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.
Now I have a lightweight skirt that’s great to wear in this hot weather. Next up was this blue top:
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.
This skirt is one of my new faves-soft, comfortable and light enough for summer wear.
Selfie skirt pic
Clothing mods are now done. Now it’s time to buy a sewing machine to make some new clothes!
One of our puppets recently had an injury-the puppet landlord’s body separated from his head in a loud clunk. It was dramatic but thankfully there was no permanent damage. The rubber bands that held the body core to the neck had dried out and split. It didn’t take long to repair but Chad moved fast and tried to claim the puppet throne for himself.
Head surgery a success, the puppet landlord took back his place in the puppet hierarchy.
Our puppet drama is heavily influenced by Game of Thrones. (Floyd talks smack like Little Finger and Hazel is in charge of finances.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
I worked on this puppet bag for the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum with another volunteer.
When the museum needs to transport puppets they can now use this custom bag to move them safely.
I got to work on this lovely pink Singer machine. And I had a puppet audience.