Mrs. Parker pulls thread through
bees wax as her mother taught her
still thread snakes into snarls
with button wobbling in place
pin between button and cloth.
A shank her mother advised her
allowed space to pull button through hole.
When Lucy thins to a sliver
Mrs. Parker attempts alterations
of seven-gored skirts in heavy serge.
Does one remove a gore?
Slice existing seams and trim?
How does the waist detach?