One of my dreams had been to have a jacket made in China when I made my recent trip. When my Mother went some 45 years ago she had a coat made and the workmanship was beautiful. I learned that the labor in China is not that cheap anymore. It is still reasonable in comparison to the United States, but not like it used to be. The cheap labor is in Taiwan and Vietnam now. This jacket is cashmere wool and I think they did a beautiful job of fitting. It took three days for them to make the jacket and pants. You can see in this picture that pocket has the lapel out.
On this picture I have the pocket lapel tucked in. The buttons are covered. It is lined in satin silk.
I also had the pants made out of cotton denim. I was thinking I was going to have a pair of American blue jeans made and when I asked if they could make some back pockets with sequins and beads they said that was too much work. So these pants are made more like a man's suit pants and fit very well.
I also had two pair of shoes made. They measure your feet and design them the way you want. I haven't received those yet. They said it was going to take four months. They were telling me that they only had ten men that made shoes and they were getting near 65 years old and the younger generation wasn't interested in learning. So it sounds like that art will be lost soon.
I bought this silk jersey quite sometime ago and finally found a pattern that I felt would do it justus.
Silk jersey is one of my favorites and not always easy to find. I just love the feel of the fabric. It called for a sport zipper which I was afraid it would be too heavy for this fabric, but it came out very nice. I did cut the fabric when I was ripping near the zipper, so had to extend the zipper to cover the mistake. Like we have all found out sometimes it comes out the best when we have to cover up a mistake.
This pattern has been out for a long time and I had it on my to do list. I finally got to it and I really like it.
I used fabric from Marcy. The pattern does run big, so I had to go back in take out a 1 inch on the vertical line down the front and back of the legs on each leg. I used a size 14. I have learned that when the pattern runs from 14-20, the 14 is too big for me, but if I buy the 8-16 that 14 is smaller and sometimes I have to go to 16.
I like the pockets. This is a light weight fabric, so it will be good for summer. I have denim that I will make it up in next.
Here is their beloved Panda Bear. They are so cute.
A rickshaw ride. We rode through the old district and visited a home that had been owned by five generations. There were no sewers so none of the houses had toilets. Every so often there was a public toilet. I was thinking that I wonder if they go in their pajamas at night.
The Great Wall. The steps to the top were very irregular. Some where very high and some very small. So it was not easy walking. I only got three/fourths of the way up and altitude really effected me so I had to stop.
I was trying out the exercise equipment that they have in a public senior park. This was really something to see. Seniors exercising. Even some came in their wheel chairs and got out and exercised. They were dancing and doing yoga. They are into little birds and bring their little cages with them. The women are knitting or crocheting in groups. They have card games they are playing. They told me that 1% of the population are in old peoples homes. I can see why. They are keeping themselves so active,