Another week of me-made outfits has passed and I’ve managed to keep going with only one top worn twice.
Day 9’s photograph came out even more gloomy than usual so I posted a second picture on IG of the lovely striped linen the skirt is made from just to show that it wasn’t as boring as it looked!
Day 10’s skirt was made in short bursts over the previous weekend from the fabric I bought at the Posh Jumble Sale in Petworth. I was visiting the town on a work-related matter but spotted the sign for the ‘jumble’ sale in the window of the town hall. It was very far removed from the church jumble sale I attended a couple of days later in Chichester! It was certainly posh and there were some lovely things for sale – but definitely not at jumble sale prices. I spotted a small piece of fabric with a really interesting pattern – it was labelled as vintage 60s but I’ve no idea if that’s true. I forked out £5 because I really liked it.
I think it was probably part of a curtain because it was hemmed down each side and initially thought it would make a nice cushion cover. I then decided to see if I could squeeze a skirt out of it. I could – just! The leftovers were so minimal they didn’t even make it to the scrap bag and I had to cut the facings out of a piece of calico I’d previously used for a toile. I wasn’t going to bother with a lining but changed my mind at the last minute and used a piece of fabric from a pile cleared out by my mother a while back. I’m glad I did as it hangs so much better with the lining. The only other cost was an invisible zip which I bought for 20p last year when I was on holiday. You do get what you pay for and it isn’t the greatest quality but as it’s invisible it doesn’t really matter!
So, a new skirt for £5.20 which isn’t bad – and using recycled and secondhand fabric. As is often my way I was hand sewing the lining in just before I put it on to go to work and then couldn’t find anything that went with it until I remembered a yellow cardi which was lurking at the bottom of the ironing basket. It was an almost perfect match and I felt very spring-like despite the fact the sun had disappeared.
Here’s a better photograph of the new skirt modelled by Doris which shows off the fabric design more effectively.
With all the other stress in my life at the moment MMM is definitely helping keep me sane. I love seeing everyone else’s posts on blogs and IG and I can focus on what to wear the next day when I wake up at 4.00 am rather than starting to worry about everything else. One thing I’ve realised is that I don’t have enough me-made tops so that’s something I need to work on.
Looking forward to the first episode of GBSB tonight!