- Did she want to only be pretty on the outside and ugly on the inside?
- Did she want to go through life making simple things into knots and wasting resources like she had wasted thread?
- Did she want her relationship with her boyfriend to get undone at the seams after just a few washes?
Señora Rosita’s Advice on Manifesting Love Part 2
Señora Rosita was a retired sewing teacher who occasionally taught private lessons. During my last year of architecture training, I took her classes and learned to design and sew my own clothes. To me, this endeavor was not too different from designing buildings. I saw it as designing structures to go around my body. One afternoon, when a few of us where taking notes on pattern creation, a student brought in a negligee that she had sewn herself at home. She was very proud of it, because it was her first solo creation, and also because Señora Rosita had warned her that she was not yet ready to sew this type of fabric. It looked beautiful. Señora Rosita praised her for her work and raved over how good it looked… then she turned it inside out and gasped, as only she could, with horror. The inside seems were uneven, and in some places the thread had collected in knots. Señora Rosita said that the inside of a garment needed to look as good as the outside — a seamstress should be proud enough of her own work that she would not be ashamed of wearing it inside out.