Price depends on how the cheongsam
was made, the fabric used.
Gasp. Lift breasts with one hand.
Stuff your body inside.
If you wear this print of peonies
people may call them cabbages.
Hand-sewn, it’s vulnerable to tears.
A machine can fix that.
Needles pinned will prick as you slip out
This dress – too loose.
Take in the back, add darts in the front
(though the fit will clearly be forced).
Wear this one of tangerine wool
high collar, tapered sleeves.
it will cost more to reshape.
Change the zipper to invisible.
Create the illusion
were born with this
Leanne Dunic, pg 35 excerpt from One and Half of You. Copyright © 2021. Reprinted by permission of the publisher.
Source: One and Half of You (Talonbooks, 2021)