I had a really successful tour of Chichester’s charity shops last week. The first discovery was a boiled wool cardigan/jacket by Edina Ronay from the Cat Protection League. I managed to see past the hideous (in my view) embroidered butterfly in the front executed in thick black wool. I forgot to take a photograph I was so keen to unpick it! Thankfully the holes left behind disappeared when it was washed.
Next up was a Ralph Lauren cotton cable knit from Oxfam. According to the ticket this was shortly destined for their textile recycling centre and I’m assuming this was because the sleeve seam on one arm had come apart. It took a couple of minutes to fix!
The final find was in the Cancer Research shop. I was pretty sure from the start that this wasn’t going to fit me but I just couldn’t leave it behind! It’s a (hopefully genuine) Vivienne Westwood Anglomania blouse in a crisp striped cotton with a nice collar and an interesting sleeve construction with ties. It has washed and pressed nicely. The size appears to have been cut out of it but I guess it’s an 8. The top half fits me but once we get down to the fifth button it is somewhat corset-like making breathing/eating/sitting out of the question. If I had a rib or two removed it would be fine! I’d love it to go to a good home so if it would fit you or someone you know just leave a comment below by midnight on Wednesday 3 February and the winner will be picked out of the hat on Thursday morning.