Gripe, Whine, Moan

Friday, July 14, 2006

When I moved from Beijing to Singapore late last year, I thought it would be a good opportunity to finally purge some of the excess stuff I was carting around from country to country. (Okay, so other people were actually carting it for me, but it was definitely taking up a lot of space.) I filled up something like 10 large garbage bags of clothing I hadn't worn for a long time and gave it away to the housekeepers who worked in my building.

This was, to put it mildly, a big, huge mistake. When you're dealing with clothing – particularly vintage clothing, which isn't constrained by labels like "last year's spring Gap collection" – you just never want to be too hasty when throwing it away. At least fifty times since The Big Purge, I've gone looking for a favorite old dress or a skirt and sadly realized it is now being sported about Beijing by some middle-aged ayi. (I seriously hope she appreciates the awesomeness of some of that vintage.)

Why am I retelling this story of woe? Partly as a warning. (And partly to cry about how I'll never see that fabulous 60s purple-striped dress again. Sob. Sniffffff.) But it seems you might not want to be so quick to throw out more recent trendy items either: Style Bubble has just remade last year's military jacket into an amazing avant-garde coat (below), which is completely inspiring me to return to my sewing area immediately.


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