Ok - so it's not all dashikis. I'm sewing costumes from around the world. Middle Eastern, Latin American, African, Asian... about the only thing I'm not trying is Native American.
My office is tasked to put on the Multi-Cultural Day - with food, exhibitions, and entertainment for a crowd of over a thousand. (We had a thousand last year and ran out of food) I'm running the event this year and have an adequate budget, which is very good.
And amongst all the running around and minor details and ridiculous requests, there's the issue of clothing.
They want to clothe the volunteers with tradiional garments from around the world. And do wall displays of folk costumes.
We had mannequins given to us from a department store, which is very helpful. But when it comes to the clothing itself, there are two options - either I buy Halloween costumes that look like crap, or I buy real folk costumes which start around $200 depending on the country of origin and go way up from there. My 'helpful' boss sent me to a website where he liked the clothing ... they were asking for a $600 down payment and the final cost would be decided upon when the beadwork was completed - ah, no. My budget isn't that grand.
There doesn't seem to be any middle ground.
And mind you, the even is next week.
I was at an ethnic clothing website and my boss pipes up over my shoulder, "We could buy that one." And I point out it's $180. And he shrugs. Shrugs!!! So, like an idiot I point out why it's not worth $180. It's a T-tunic. That's three seams and a hem! I could make that on my machine in like a couple of minutes. An hour if I was doing it right with French seams for like $25 worth of material!
So, now I'm sewing for the event.
But, on the bright side, I did get to go to a fabric store with a credit card that wasn't mine and got to shop like a demon. Doesn't do me much good, but it was fun.
I've knocked out the first garment, an oversized tunic with side slits and inset bell sleeves in block printed linen.
One down, twenty to go.