There was another St Mary's market yesterday, so the girls and I went along. It's always such a lovely event, everyone is friendly, I always see people I know, and usually find something lovely to spend my money on.
Naomi (on the left) is usually there, I bought my blue maxi dress which I wore on New Year's Eve from her stall last year, and she has a unit called Decade Vintage at the Nichols building. She's delightful. I bought a 1970s gypsy-style dress from her friend Sue (on the right).
These lovely ladies are also regulars. I finally found the frothy 1950s petticoat I have been looking for on their stall. I was pondering whether to get it when they suggested I should wear it just to dance around the living room while sipping a martini. Hmmm, most perceptive, that does sound like me! "Lady Fiona" (just seen in the polka dots) has a website, delightfully named The Queen's Drawers.
I bought two 1960s maxi frocks from Jilly's stall. She was very good about my dreadful children tampering with her merchandise - she spotted them plaiting the fringing on a divine 1960s LBD and very politely asked them to stop. I was a bit mortified. She had some gorgeous stock, and she invited me to the opening of her unit in a local antiques centre next weekend - hope I can go, I'd like to wear one of the delicious dresses I bought from her!
Amazing hats, and I can imagine Sarah Misfit rocking the sexy librarian look in those specs.
Lovely things. I couldn't resist.
Time for a break for coffee and cake.
I love the print on this 1960s homemade skirt. The kids call it my fried egg skirt - you see them too, right?
By the time we came out of the fair, the snow had started. The kids were delighted, of course.
There are old gravestones laid flat to make a path around the church, and the icing sugar dusting of snow made the inscriptions really clear and easy to read. I like a good grave yard!
Remember flicking the Vs Mary? She has a friend.
Do you think they are Mary (Jesus' ma) and Mary Magdalene? Or Mary M and her sister Martha?
Whoever she is - she appears to have the X Factor!
And finally - if there is anyone still reading - a request! I bought this crimplene fabric from Naomi...
... with a plan to make a maxi skirt with it. I have the fabric. I have my Brand New Elna. What I don't have is a pattern.
If anyone has a vintage pattern in their stash (or comes across one in their charity shop/jumble sale travels) for a simple A-line maxi skirt, size 16 probably in old money (waist 30" - God, that seems huge!), would you consider sending it to me? I'll borrow and return it, or pay you for it, of course. I've been looking on Ebay but can't find what I'm after. It needs to be easy, I haven't made an item of clothing since I was at school... But I am determined!