I have cracked on with some sewing this week.
Nothing major - nothing made entirely from scratch, all by me - not yet.
That will come.
No, this week has been about mending and altering.
I bought this fabulously jazzy 1970s skirt from Ebay ages ago. It was a maxi, and I loved the look of it, but unfortunately discovered, on the first and only time I wore it, that the bottom was so narrow I couldn't walk in it.
Well, I couldn't stride - I could walk, but only if I took tiny, dainty steps like a Geisha, which is no good to me when we are late for school and there are hills to be stomped up at great speed, children carried along in my slipstream
So I chopped off the bottom (having failed to take a photo of it at its original length, sorry) and then it languished in my mending pile for months.
You can probably see that I was a lazy sew-and-sew and having hemmed the pale grey lining, I didn't bother changing the thread on the machine to whizz round the skirt hem.
And it shows.
Oh well. I am treating it as a design feature.
Despite my rather slapdash approach, the skirt is now wearable (and walkable-in) so I wore it 2 days running.
1970s skirt and boots - Ebay
Black long sleeved top - retail, very very old
Belt, cardigan, tights, brooch and bangles - charity shopped
Pendant - car boot
1980s pussy bow blouse - gift from dearest Tamera
Belt and bangles - charity shopped
Boots - community fair
Tights - retail
1960s Weymouth vinyl bag - Ebay
My charity shop luck may still be in the doldrums, but I am doing better on Ebay - this beauty of a 1960s vinyl shopper cost 99p!
I have taken this 1960s floral dress in and up (above left, looking odd with the orange tights and ankle boots, but I couldn't be bothered changing for the purposes of the photo! It was a gift last year from lovely Liz); I removed the turtle neck from the groovy print maxi (above right); as well establishing my soon-to-be-patented Highly Visible Hemming (HVH) technique on the skirt, and mending various rips and fallen hems.
I've been busy!
Next project - making a skirt.
I am a bit scared I will cock it up and waste my fabric, but I have to start somewhere, right?
I'm about to catch up on your fabulous blogs, and I think a self-congratulatory glass or two of wine may be in order later this evening.
Have a wonderful weekend!