Challenges: Monday morning. Woke late after watching Glorious 39 til midnight. (OMG - the wardrobe is sublime! The script is incidental.)
Attitude / Inspiration: Element of panic! Wanted to wear Pioneer but what with? Cowboy boots obviously, but what else?
Pioneer pullover, blogged here.
Refashioned White Stuff skirt, last seen here, before I made it fit!
Knickers, as before.
Gaps: Long-sleeved top. I had to add an extra layer of enormous Gap grey kimono cardi for warmth in the office (still no heating...)
Solutions: Admit it is autumn. Stop trying to wear your summer clothes!
Conclusion: It is getting too cold for cotton skirts. The white top is a bit stark and makes the skirt look grubby by contrast. But I like the shapes together.
Sorry about snooty expression!
Challenges: Once a year I have to help out at the public-facing side of my workplace... today is the day.
Attitude / inspiration: Listen, I am NOT your mother. I am a thwarted "Blue Peter" presenter... and at 1pm I am going back to hide in my cold dark office with a large mug of tea. STAMP! Now go and join that queue over there...
Red Birdie Clothkits skirt blogged here
Black cotton Japanese jacket blogged here
Knickers blogged here.
Gaps: Between my jacket hem and the top of my skirt. I almost lost my skirt getting out of the car this morning. Funny - it seemed OK last week! Thank goodness for that thermal vest.
Solutions: I need to take this skirt in at the waist (again!). I was going to wear my Clothkits Ruby skirt today, but forgot that it is 4 inches too wide at the waist. I could alter both in one sewing session, so why don't I? And Vivienne (Day 17) too!
Conclusion: It looks like I am not getting any fatter and I am hoping not to get thinner. And at least my eyebrows have grown back. But yeah, I need to make my skirts fit if I am going to be able to wear them.
Challenges: Quiet day in the office.
Attitude / Inspiration: Built around my new blouse. Gothic horror? (see below!)
Simplicity 2501 black blouse, blogged here
Japanese pattern skirt, briefly blogged here
Knickers, as before
Gaps: The jacket was from Oasis in about 2003 and used to have matching trousers. It picks out the caramel colour in the skirt's herringbone wool - more obvious in real life. Thermal vest!
Solutions: I am sewing a black capelet which should look fierce with this skirt and blouse! Especially with long lacy armwarmers.
Conclusion: The jacket is less fitted than I would prefer. I was asked if I had a job interview...!
Inspired by Glorious 39, I am going to buy a couple of belts to add waist definition to my "look" in general: one broad and black and the other narrow and caramel (you can't make me say "camel" - camel is what my mother wears!).
I am totally obsessing about the costumes of Glorious 39! A lot of what I learned concerned accessories: belts, scarves, hats, jewellery. Not just to look "vintage" but to generally pull an outfit together, make it cohesive. And colour... wow oh wow the costume designer (Annie Symons) knows about colour!
I started with "jet" glass earrings (1928 from John Lewis), to go with the buttons on my blouse. Then I added the hairclip (fake cameo from TopShop)...
...and then at the last moment, when I put my jacket on, I realised there was something too stark about the neck area, so I added a rather creepy "mourning brooch" which FL bought me a few years ago.
It has a frame of garnets around a glass-fronted plait of human hair. FL didn't realise. He just saw it in an antique shop one Christmas Eve and liked the garnets. I am wearing a complete stranger's DNA and I don't feel entirely comfortable. Very Gothic?!