My mom grew up in a time and a place where there weren’t a lot of fast-fashion type stores to shop at. She was born and raised in Vietnam, though my family is ethnically Chinese. Back then, their version of shopping was shopping for fabric, and they all learned how to sew for themselves. Even now I think my mom gets a thrill out of finding great fabrics for a good price. So when my sister and my mom travelled to Myanmar this past fall, she brought home a stack of really cool embroidered fabrics. She let me pick out the ones I liked the most, and sewed me a couple of skirts. My mom has always been resourceful and ingenious — I think in her past life she must have been an engineer. She took my favorite J.Crew #2 Pencil skirt, turned it inside out to show the seams, and used it to trace out a pattern. After a number to try ons, lots of taking in and letting out seams, I left Washington DC with 2 perfectly fitting skirts in gorgeous fabrics. I wore one of them yesterday to school and it is now my most conformable skirt, ever. My mom is amazing.
By the way, my Honors Bio kids have been killing it lately learning about cellular transport. I’ve never had such an easy time teaching this subject. They’re making connections left and right, applying osmosis to their own lives and asking fantastic questions. Lessons that took 3 days to get through in the past took me ONE day with this bunch. Amazeballs. Revamped curriculum and honors level kids FTW!
necklaces: etsy (gift from b) similar and f21 – tank: alternative apparel – cardigan: j.crew – skirt: sewed by my mom – boots: steve madden – fitness tracker: fitbit