I have been a very absent bloggist this month, which can be blamed partly on my faulty immune system combined with Shanghai’s post-Expo surge in atmospheric particles (record highs in smog, it seems!), and partly (mostly) on Nanowrimo, which has sucked up an average of 1667 of my creative words every day. I have been left feeling rather depleted. This shall pass, however, as my shaky little immune system seems to be getting a second wind and my lungs are slowly getting used to breathing in all sorts of disconcertingly visible/crunchy air molecules and Nano is down to its last five days.
To mark my return to the interwebs, I would like to present to you my latest instalment in my plan to be totally clad in silk by 2012 (possibly even underpants and pjs).
The photos were taken with my Mac’s photo booth in the living room around noon, so the light is a bit hazy. I apologize. This first one (which I am in fact wearing as we speak) is a lovely midnight blue with a lot of lovely delicately embroidered silver flowers.
And this one is a lovely purply red with intricately interlaced pale gold and coloured tiny flowers, trimmed with a muted white gold silk edging.
The lengths of silk were around 60rmb each for 2.2 meters of fabric, bought at the awesome silk stall #229-230 at the ShiLiuPu cloth market on Dongmen Lu where I got my last round of green, flowery silks. They are just around the corner from Shirley at #216, who does my tailoring (aka copying). The tunics themselves cost 100 rmb each for the sewing. The fabric folk do qipaos and bags and other pretty things but I haven’t actually used their sewing services because Shirley is just so reliably awesome.