Despite my long hair and penchant for high heels I don't consider myself much of a girly-girl. Weddings bore me, kids scare me, I'm not particularly partial to cake or chocolate, don't read women's magazines, chick-lit or watch soap operas and I can't stand rom-coms. After landing an office job following many years spent working in the male-dominated catering industry my female colleagues would often get exasperated as I never watched Eastenders or had any interest in the contents of Heat magazine. Over the years my sexuality has been called into question as I don't wear the right kind of ring on my finger, I drink pints of beer, enjoy televised football matches and chat to men as freely as I do to women. I do however have one traditionally feminine interest, I love to sew.
I made this blouse yesterday under the watchful eye of my friend, Liz. It's made from some 1940's dress fabric I bought at a jumble sale and the 1971 pattern was part of a job lot I picked up at a car boot sale. I thought I'd need her expert help as it is a size 18 but reducing the pattern size turned out to be more straightforward than I thought.
To celebrate the fact that my first attempt at making a blouse wasn't a balls up I celebrated by wearing some spherical accessories.
The earrings were reduced to clear in a high street sale for 25p, after wearing them for an hour I can understand why, they weigh a tonne. The ball pendant was originally Urban Outfitters but was bought in Banardos for 75p and the Finland-made vintage suede belt was from my favourite 20p stall at the Thursday morning car boot sale.
The shorts are a pair of jumble sale vintage gentleman's tuxedo pants I cut down.
Who wears the pants in our house? Both of us. I'm proud that our relationship is equal, both of us are as capable of doing the household tasks as well as the other. There are no traditionally gender-specified roles, Jon is as nifty with the sewing machine as I am with the hammer drill but he does make a mean veggie roast dinner so he's cooking this evening whilst I hang a mirror in the hallway.