Following The Thread

Thanks to our dear friends and partners from The Repairer of The Breach from Jamaica we were able to buy 2 sewing machinges already. And it looks like we will soon get 2 more.

So besides our main project of growing trees we are busy building a sewing and show room. So the we can start creating jobs for the PAF women to give them a perspective to raise some money and also sew clothes for their families.

Of course most of the women know some basics of making clothes from fabric. But we decided to search for help and find a professional tailor who will teach us properly. This teacher was found in our dear Mrs Siankainde. She lives near by and is a professional tailor. She decided to help us for free. Zikomo mama!

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PAF women learning the basics of tailoring from Mrs Siankainde

 

So as many times as possible our PAF women gather in our temporary sewing room…oh, and Lloyd is taking part in those lessons too πŸ˜‰ Fun is guaranteed.


So far they have been doing the basics like machine parts, accessories and safety to get started. But also types of fabrics like nylon, cotton and silk. Very interesting for everyone were types of stitches like english and french seam or running seam. Lloyd just told me that by the end of the month he will be better than Calvin Klein πŸ˜‰

 

Anonther important thing most of the women did never really learned but only anticipated is proper measuring and cutting of fabrics. But this makes a huge difference for the outcome.

 

Of course we are also doing some practicals already and try to sew the first things like girls’ skirts and dresses which came out quite good. Unfortunately we don’t have pictures of that. But here are some indefinable attempts πŸ˜‰

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some stuff we made and still work on

 

Oh…in case you now think we just randomly tailor things…no no no. Of course we will be doing the most recent fashion trends. We got our model patterns…Calvin Klein, Gucci? Ah come on, folks…go Zambian style!

 

One huge plan we have is to provide school uniforms for Nguba School, Singwamba School and Katanda School. The new term starts January 1st. So we intend to buy materials to tailor those uniforms for sale. That way we can raise some money for our other projects and the construction of the buildings. But as it always is…we need funds and donations to buy fabrics. So if you want to help us out…we would really appreciate that. And the kids would go modelling with the new PAF collection πŸ˜‰

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Following The Thread

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