‘You should have been working in Dior’s house! This is outstanding!” I almost couldn’t find words for teta (auntie) Mandina when I got to the first rehearsal for my new coat. It was almost finished and I couldn’t wait to show it to the world. It is not a piece of clothing, it is not a perfectly sewed coat, it is art.
Teta (Auntie) Mandina has been tailoring her whole life, it is her profession and she was sewing clothes for my entire family for as long as I remember.
You must remember my darling: soft yellow coat or my precious: beautiful pink Chinese dress from my previous blog post? That’s her work too.
Then it has to got to you that many blouses that you see on my blog are, in modern words, vintage but could not be found in any vintage store here or anywhere in the world. Of course, teta (auntie) Mandina made them and it was for my mother years ago.
I’m in love with them and I wear them all the time. Maybe you wonder why? But it is rather easy to figure it out. I want to be different! I want to be myself! Don’t you?
All the stores are full of similar clothes where is sometimes even possible to find a nice piece but that one nice piece is made in 10 or more copies so at least 10 persons will have it. Furthermore, I don’t want to be little Indian, Bangladesh, Chinese or Turkish sewers but so many pieces are so badly done that I am very often disappointed. And tomorrow in the streets everybody would look like clones, like an army, no personality, no creativity.
To avoid that and to be special and yourself one can always go to hers or his teta (auntie) Mandina and get that one statement piece that will make her or him stand out and be unique. Be yourself. It’s worth it.
Now, about this new coat.
You see, my dearest mother is sometimes acting like a hamster. She collects all different stuff for years thinking she or anybody in the family or in the neighbourhood will need it one day. For a year already she’s been putting this fabric in front of me and telling me to make something of it but it was never the right moment or the right idea.
Few weeks ago it hit me very clearly, I want a new coat from it.
Coats are type of an outerwear mostly made of woollen fabric with the intention to make warmer, whoever worn them, women and men, equally. Normally the knee or half-calf length, nowadays coats are all lengths possible. We wear them to look more sophisticated and glamorous, although feather jackets are warmer and therefore more often in our closets.
But if one is made uniquely according your own design with perfection of sewing performance taking care of every little detail, you have to be over the moon for it and feel like red carpet ready.