Backlash shoes from Poetic License (a sub-genre of Irregular Choice)
I saw the yellow ones on the feet of a vintage style blogger. Gorgeousnessnessness!
Or how about this Heyday Clothing Bow Blouse in pink... teamed with red swing trousers - ooh! Pink and red? But it works! There are better pictures on the model's blog here.
Of course, I cannot possibly pay good money for ready-made clothes in the vintage style. Why would I do that when I can make my own?
And therein lies the dilemma.
Self Stitched September has fallen hot (well... cool) on the heels of Me Made June, and all I can see in my Flickr sets are pictures of me wearing my clothes, the same clothes, over and over again. Honestly, I am so ready to cheat on my pledge just to look at something different! Which is pathetic. Would I have noticed if I wasn't taking my "outfit" photograph every day? I doubt it.
I decided it would be OK to reward myself for being self-stitched for another month. I have been putting aside the £s I used to spend on a daily latte coffee, thinking I would buy myself a treat. A dressmaker's dummy sprang to mind! In August and September (so far) I have already saved £49.
But the problem is, this caffeine-denial has coincided with other expenditure: yarn, fabric, more yarn. And I get all tied up in knots about whether I have already spent the "extra" £49.
Do you have a budget for stitching materials? I don't. I just buy things and feel guilty or don't buy things and feel deprived. I am hopeless case. I badly need a philosophy, or rules to follow, like "You can spend £100 a month on yourself".
But how much is too much? My wardrobe is still full of clothes, despite sending the majority to the charity shop. And I still have a crisis in the morning when I realise I don't have any brown tights or black socks or um, mustard shoes.
Making clothes is my "hobby", but it is also the way I get new things to wear. So... does that mean that my clothing budget should equal what someone else might spend on their hobby plus what they might spend on clothes?
I used to view my daily coffee as the equivalent of FL's pint of beer at the golf club. But what if I said that a game of golf costs £20, so at a conservative estimate a golfer's hobby costs him 3 x £22 per week? Good golly Miss Molly! That's £66 x 4 a month!
Now please don't get me wrong, FL does not grudge me the £s I spend on clothes or fabric (and it's my income that pays for it anyway) , and he has pretty much given up golf now anyway... I am just trying to find a way to measure what might be reasonable. And I am floundering.
Go on say it: "Roo, get over yourself and seize the day!"
Does that mean I can buy the yellow shoes...?