I've not been completely idle all this time though: I completed my striped polonaise, which I think I've been hinting about in posts past, and wore it with pride one wonderful day in the beginning of May, together with a straw hat made from no less than three place mats:
This is the only full-figure photo of me in the gown so you'll have to imagine the en forreau-back and the overall polonaise-fluffyness of the skirt. The bodice was a bit too long to fit perfectly but it worked very well besides that. And, God, it's so pink!
I've learnt a couple of things since we last met as well, and most importantly:
Things I've learnt #1. Sewing a plastic headband into your wig with the purpose of making it stay better on your head may result in a) making the wig stay better on top of your head; and b) hair loss.
I thought it felt a bit uncomfortable, even painful at times, when I wore the wig, but I never imagined a pouf hairstyle would be very pleasant at all ('fashion before ease' etc.) so I didn't mind much. Until the morning after, when I saw this:I'm partially bald. Great.
Things I've learnt #2. Being an embroidery novice and insisting on doing your embroidery while on public transport will not make for a very agreeable result:But those are going to be a pair of hanging pockets which no one will ever see anyway, so I don't care too much really...
Things I've learnt #3. Spending a day at thrift stores and flea markets with your sister and aunt is a great thing (but I already knew that).
Today's finds, piled up in front of the general mess that is our living room:
A bobbin lace... thing, that I never, ever will learn how to master I'm sure, but it will make a good prop and it was practically free. Even the former owner got tired of it; it came with a tiny unfinished lace so that people can believe I'm some sort of domestic goddess.
...fabric, or curtains really. But I'm thinking about turning it into a polonaise that can be used for summer activities in the green grass and all sorts of wear-and-tear. Yay for cheap cotton!
...a pair of shoes that I'll try to recover using the method Bauhausfrau describes here. If I don't suceed, I've only lost a pair of cheap granny shoes that no one cared about anyway.
...Thackeray's Vanity Fair that I've been wanting to read for some time now, in three volumes from 1876. Oh, so fragile. Not the kind of book I can carry around in my purse all day, unfortunately.
...and a biography on a Swedish 18th century artist and architect that I know very little about, which I'm sure will change any day soon.
A day (and money) well spent, if I'm to say so myself!
Now I'm not sure what I'm going to attend to next: shoes, or summer polonaise? Stay tuned.