Actually, when Mrs. Wang had seen a rich young master come into her store to order clothes yesterday, she had been very moved. Even though she knew that the usual embroiderer she worked with probably wouldn’t be skilled enough to do the job, she had still told the customer that she would see what she could do. After all, as a businesswoman, so if there was a chance to make money she couldn’t give it up easily.
And that was why she had specially requested the customer to leave behind a very small piece of the fabric he wanted made into clothes so she could show it to her embroiderer. Now, she carefully took out that small piece and showed it to Su Tang, “Miss Tang, take a look. This fabric is called satin. But, be very careful, this kind of fabric is very expensive!”
Su Tang reached out and touched the cloth. It was slightly thick and had a smooth texture, nearly the same as modern satin. “Hmm, this should be for making winter clothes, right? But does the customer want it stuffed with cotton?”
When she saw it was such a thick material, Su Tang guessed that the customer wanted it made into winter clothes.
“The young master didn’t say that. It seems that he wants to use it to make autumn clothes.” As soon as Mrs. Wang saw Su Tang reach out and touch the fabric without a hint of fear, completely unlike her own embroiderer, she suddenly felt much more confident about the girl.
“Miss Tang, I’ll tell you clearly that this satin costs ten taels of silver per chi. If your skills aren’t enough and you ruin the material, I’m afraid it will be…” Profits were always tied to risks, and Mrs. Wang wanted to make sure that Su Tang knew what she was getting in to.
“As long as they give me the proper measurements, there won’t be any issues!” Although sewing in modern times was heavily supported by various machines, Su Tang had also learned how to make clothes by hand, so she wasn’t worried.
Plus, the dollar amounts involved in modern craftsmanship were even more expensive than this. She used to design and make her own clothes in her free time, although only occasionally, so making two sets of clothes for an ancient person was not nearly enough to make her feel timid.
Even if something really went wrong, in the worst case she could just sell her recipe for making soap and pay for the cost of the fabric. She knew that satin was actually a little brittle, but as long as she was careful nothing should go wrong.
“Well, since Miss Tang has said so, I’ll send a message to that noble young maser and Miss Tang can talk to him in person. Is that all right?”
Mrs. Wang wanted to make money but she was also a little afraid of taking responsibility, so she decided to have Su Tang talk to the customer herself.
Su Tang nodded and promised, “Yes, I come into town to deliver goods every day so Mrs. Wang, if you can set a time, then I can come here to meet the client any day.”
Of course, Mrs. Wang also hoped to get this business settled as soon as possible, so she directly told Su Tang that she would contact the honorable young master today and that Su Tang should come back to the store to hear the news tomorrow.
Su Tang and Mrs. Wang quickly set a time to meet tomorrow and then packed up all the things she had bought today. There were a lot of things and soon Su Tang’s small basket was completely filled and she was forced to carry a big ball of cotton in her arms*. Eventually, Su Tang slowly walked out of the fabric store with a big smile on her face.
“Young master? Young master?” Pengmo called in a confused tone. He had been pulled along to this spot by his young master, and he was unsure what the young man wanted to do. He had waited silently for a while, but eventually, he couldn’t help but open his mouth to ask.
When Pei Xuan heard Pengmo’s voice he directly put his hand over the other man’s mouth to shut him up.
“Ehm… Um…” When Pengmo saw Su Tang’s small figure walking away, he suddenly made some muffled sounds through his covered mouth and his eyes widened. Ah~, they really always seemed to be running into this little girl.
Pei Xiao watched the little girl who was holding a ball of cotton that was almost bigger than her with a heavy bamboo basket on her back, and saw that she was moving slowly like a little tortoise. He frowned. Not hiring a carriage? Her money-grubber essence was really down to her bones, huh!
When Su Tang’s back was finally out of sight, Pei Xuan released Pengmo’s mouth. The servant took a deep and relieved breath while thinking: ‘What’s wrong with the young master today?’
Then he also turned to look in the direction where Su Tang’s figure had disappeared.
*how can she carry a basket and also have her arms full of cotton? Well, the baskets we’re talking about here are sort of like backpacks, in that they have straps and you carry them on your back. I’m sure you’re seen a picture of what I’m talking about.
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Aih… this royal son needs to know more about ye common people😧