courtesy of Stella Duce website
When I was in high school, my teacher, Miss Siti Kireni, was very adamant about all of us, girls (I attended convent school girl) ought to learn to sew because you never know when the skill may be needed. But I was never interested in it. I know how to replace buttons when they fall off, but that is about it. I always had a hard time with patterns, I didn't understand the basics, I just had no clue how to go about it ... ! I think I just I don't have the patience for trying to figure out the instructions. However, although and it is contradictory I can cross-stitch and enjoy doing that.
male seamstress in Rawamangun market
Nowadays in Indonesia people don't make their own clothes. They usually buy them in a shop. One reason is that it is cheaper, however, more often than not, you might have to alter them to fit you perfectly. And that can be quite a hassle. Whenever I buy a pair of jeans, I always need to cut it into size because they are always longer than my legs! Fortunately, there are lots of competent tailors in every corner of Jakarta. They are master of clothing alterations and the cost is fairly cheap too. Today I altered a sleepwear, 1 jeans, 1 pant, 1 skirt and 1 shirt ... and total up I only pay about USD 5 !!! I call that a great bargain