Friday, 15 December 2017

Watching the skirt



This skirt is something I knocked up quickly in under an hour. I've had the fabric in my stash for ages, it's obviously an off cut from a maxi that's now a mini as it was a big loop of fabric with a hemmed edge. I was reluctant to remove the hemming as it's a tiresome job, and as I was draping it around myself I decided to keep it simple and make it into a wrap around skirt. Except it's not actually wrap around, it just has a flappy bit at the front to look wrap around. I winged the whole thing by trying it on repeatedly and pinning it into place against me (it really is about time I got myself a dress form, but I just can't bare the expense!) I think it came out well though! And I'm pleased to have a groovy new skirt, as skirts are always the one thing I lack in my wardrobe.

skirt - handmade from 1960s crimplene // blouse - 1970s vintage, local antiques store // scarf - asos, a long time ago // belt - 1960s vintage, local antiques store // shoes - 1960s vintage, etsy

I’ve felt a bit lost with my style this year, and as daft as it sounds it’s all because of these shoes. You see, they’re my absolute favourites. No shoe has ever compared. They’re as comfortable as slippers, fit my feet as if they were made especially for them, and were versatile enough for absolutely every outfit. Just look through the archives of my blog and you’ll see! I’ve been wearing them for years and they were my absolute go to pair. Were, sadly past tense must be used as I wore them so much I literally wore them out.


You can see where the leather meets the sole has completely torn, the fabric has disintegrated. I’ve had the cobbler fix them three times, and after ten minutes of wear around the house they’re back to their sorry state. I can’t bare to part with them, and I haven’t been able to find another pair of shoes as perfect. I have other vintage shoes of course, but nothing as comfortable. Everything either doesn't fit properly, cuts my feet, or is too high for daily wear. I usually end up wearing my trusty Mary Janes, but they’re not terribly exciting.

Recently I was browsing a local store when I came across these shoes by Banned. They were a little more than I generally like to spend, but as I struggle so much to find shoes that fit as my feet are odd shaped (small yet wide) I decided to treat myself. They’re absolutely perfect, oh so mod and comfortable enough to be worn everyday. Hurrah! I had a choice between orange or this olive green, and I picked the green simply because the flower detail showed better. I'm hoping with them being brand new that they'll last me longer than a vintage pair would, but we'll see!



I finished my uni project at the end of last month, and have enjoyed being able to relax a little and draw for myself. I bought a new sketchbook over summer, and have challenged myself to complete it as I never seem to fill a sketchbook and give up a few pages in. My perfectionism stops me as I’m afraid of messing it up, so I got over that by deliberately making a mess on the first few pages. It’s very liberating, and I actually really love how it’s coming out. It’s lovely being able to draw just for myself again.





I’ve also enjoyed getting back into knitting and crochet. I noticed I’d lost my fingerless mittens from last year, so decided to try making my own this year. It involved knitting on the round with four needles, and I’m very much an amateur but it turned out to be much easier than it looks! I’ve also finally picked back up the crochet dress I began over a year ago. Maybe I’ll actually have it finished by summer, fingers crossed!


6 comments:

  1. oh no! I love those shoes! I always see them on the blog or instagram and I am always a little jealous. T__T I guess everything reaches a point of not being repairable though.

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    1. I regret not being a little more gentle with them and they may have lasted longer, but they were such a sturdy shoe I figured they'd always be repairable. I've only been able to wear them for photos for a while :(

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  2. That is a great idea for those lopped off hems of maxis I often encounter in charity shop scarf bins. the print and colours are wonderful.
    How fab are those new shoes? I loved your old ones but I think you've found a cracking alternative. Some patent shoes look nasty and hard, you can see the quality of yours.
    Your artwork is incredible and your knitting looks lovely, great colours.

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    1. I see them a lot too, I generally don't bother picking them up as it's such an odd length but liked this pattern too much to leave it.
      Thank you!

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  3. That's so sad about your amazing shoes. But the green pair is pretty rad! The skirt turned out great! That's exactly how I sew items as well, it takes a bit of time, but I've always kind of made things up as I go.

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    1. Thanks! I usually like to follow patterns, but this was just far too easy to bother!

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