"Techniques and habits of good grooming are essential for the clean, fresh look that goes with attractive clothes. Understanding of good workmanship aids in judging the quality of a ready-made garment. Ability to make your own clothes saves money, thus rendering first aid to the family budget." - Homemaking for Teen-Agers, page 205
The entire chapter I just read was all about the pros and cons of making your own clothes versus buying a "ready-made" garment. I know literally no one who makes their own clothes anymore, but I guess it was pretty common back then. I wish I could do that... perhaps that will be a summer project.
The chapter reminded me of something I did this week that was almost like making my own clothes. I modified existing clothes. More specifically, I modified my shoes. What I did was so brilliant, by the way, that you're probably going to do it too after reading this blog. Well, unless you're a guy. Then you're probably going to think I'm psycho. You don't wear girl shoes, though, so you'll never truly understand.
I have been very frustrated with my flats lately. There is no good way to wear them. If I wear socks with them, I look like a total dork. If I wear the socks especially made for flats, they stick awkwardly out of the sides (my feet are huge). If I wear no socks, my feet get really sweaty and stinky and I squish around in my shoes all day. It's disgusting. I can't wear tennis shoes to work, though, and I can't wear high heels either because I'm on my feet all day long. I had to make my flats work.
They say that necessity is the mother of invention. One morning, I decided to put kleenexes in the bottom of my shoes in order to soak up the sweat and keep my feet from slipping. The problem with this method was that the kleenexes got all shredded up and stuck to my feet. I didn't like it. I thought to myself, "This was a good idea, but I need to improve upon it. I need something that's going to absorb the sweat but won't get all shreddy. It needs to stick to the bottom of my shoe, but not to my feet."
At that moment, an idea hit me square in the face. It was just like in cartoons when a lightbulb flips on over a character's head because they had a good idea. At that moment, I knew I would never be uncomfortable in flats again. I wanted to jump for joy, but I hadn't tested out my new theory yet.
The following morning, I put my plan into action. Rex walked into the kitchen and stared at me, stared at my new creation, and started laughing. He was laughing because it looked funny, but he was also laughing nervously like how you might laugh around a tempermental rhinoceros. Like, "Oh my gosh...my wife has finally cracked...I should just back away slowly..." Do you want to know why he was laughing? He was laughing because he saw this:
Yes, friends. That is a maxi pad in my shoe. Have you ever heard of a more brilliant idea?! It makes socks obsolete! It adds extra cushion for comfy all-day wear! It can be changed so it feels like you're wearing a new, sweat-free pair of shoes every day! This might be my best idea ever.
I did a trial run with my new shoes at school, and they worked great. I'm going to start doing this all the time. Friday night I was hanging out with a bunch of teachers from school, and my friend Elle outed me to the rest of the teachers. "Guess what Christine has in her shoes?!" Elle asked. I couldn't believe Elle was revealing my feminine product fashion statement. Well, I thought I was in for some huge embarrassment, but guess what happened instead? The teachers all laughed at first but then said, "Dang...that's actually kind of a really good idea..."
Right? Of course it is. So you may think I'm crazy right now as you read this, but next time you're squishing around in a pair of flats you're going to think to yourself, "Maybe Christine's idea wasn't so bad after all."