Friday, 11 March 2011

A Bit Of Skirt




What a glorious day it's been here in the Black Country, the sunshine woke me at 6.15am and I walked down to the town centre swimming baths with a spring in my step. Sadly it's not been as lovely elsewhere with snow in Scotland and the horrifying news of the Japanese earthquake and subsequent tsunami. I'm hoping our gorgeous Japan-based blogger Iman is safe & miles away from any danger.

Jon never mentioned my waistband was tucked in.

After my swim I had a cursory inspection of the local charity shops. A kind volunteer in the Salvation Army had put aside a skirt and jacket she thought I'd like but I had to disappoint her by telling her they were originally mine and I'd donated them only last week. I suppose it shows how well she knows my taste.

Pickings were slim today. 


1960's English-made toilet bag 25p.


West German multi-strand granny beads 20p


Five unused vintage dressmaking patterns dating from 1965-69 for £1. There's one from my favourite range, Jiffy, which I'll be tackling over the weekend, hangover permitting.



I received a lovely surprise through the post this week from my friend, Liz at Rose & Bird. How fabulous! A creepy child print crying out to join my Wall of Misery, some blingy jewellery, some pretty sari fabric and a fabulous book on India.



I'm wearing: 1970's Anita bicycle print blouse (a flea market find) with a hand-made maxi skirt (using a 1971 Style pattern and some jumble sale crimplene) and a pimped-up 99p Stores Alice band (with added vintage ribbon).


Have a fabulous Friday! No jumbles tonight, just TV, homemade pizza and Lidl's own brand Liberta white rum with 21p diet cola. 

55 comments:

  1. Hi my dear-yum yum, sounds a lovely tea tonight and well done on your finds. What a gorgeous hand made skirt, love the colour and cut and it goes perfectly with your blouse too. Wishing you a really great weekend xxx

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  2. I'm not allowed white rum, it makes me go all 'tigerblood' and nuts! Shame, I love it!

    That skirt is fabulous.

    The crying child picture is creepy indeed. I read an article in the fortean times about one particular print of that genre starting mysterious fires... but it could just be that they were very popular and inexpensive in the 50-70s, hence in homes with aging wiring etc' in the 80s!

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  3. Gorgeous maxi skirt, Vix; its funny, Mum and I were discussing last night whether you can still buy crimplene (Mum was waxing lyrical on its practicality) as I've got a 70s maxi dress pattern thats caling out for that crimplene touch - and I like that bit of extra 'stretch'. Looking forwards to see how your Jiffy pattern make turns out. Have a fab weekend xxx

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  4. Enjoy your rum and coke VV! Love your blog..

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  5. Great outfit and that bag is gorg xx

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  6. Great finds. Loving the toiletry bag. Can't beat Lidl for great value booze and 21p for diet coke, that's great!

    Have a brilliant weekend Vix ... :0)

    Shirl xxx

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  7. I love your Alice band, the bow looks fabulous. I haven’t found anything second hand this week, hopefully next week will be a better one. The clasp on the toilet bag is lovely, as is the floral print xxx

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  8. Your skirt looks so well-made, and I love the royal purply blue color. I also love the toilet bag - would gladly use it as as spring handbag -- and congratulations on the creepy child picture! How funny that the SA volunteer saved aside your own contributions as being "right" for you.

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  9. Gorgeous skirt Vix! I love those patterns you found that Jiffy one looks wonderful xxx

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  10. Slim pickings? I had a mooch round two charity shops this morning and didn't find a single thing. T'was rubbish! I would have been chuffed with a single dress pattern but they never seem to have anything like that.

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  11. hello my dear, I love that skirt & blouse - wish I was tall enough to get away with a maxi! x

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  12. love the maxi skirt and vintage shirt combo, great sewing patterns too!

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  13. Vixcita,
    I am loving your make upand Alice in wonderland pose. you sure know how to rock anything Maxi.
    I think you found great treasures amor.
    toilet bag and granny beads,never had the luck of finding a cute flowery toilet bag like yours.
    more pressies,you deserve it all mi dear.
    I adore your creepy collection of frames.
    mmm Jons pizza,21 p cola?

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  14. Great effect, the hue of the maxi with the delicate shirt. Now, you see, I WOULDN'T call that lovely bundle of finds slim pickings! x

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  15. Love your outfit today, you look so pretty and girly (in a non pink and frilly way!). Excellent bargains, totally love the bag and the patterns :)

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  16. Oooh my mum still uses her toilet bag a bit like that ha ha!

    Slim pickings to you my dear but they would be treasures here.

    Have a fabulous friday evening, I am currently drinking something cheap & sparkling, a minor celebration :o) mmm lidl rum, is it good? My OH does like his rum!

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  17. Your shirt is right up my street! I love your gorgeous outfit and bow. Very sweet about the lady in the charity shop.
    xxxxxxxxxx

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  18. thats a really good colour on you, I've shied away from electric blue for years, must give it another chance, I saw a boxfull of 'Misery' pictures at Swinderby Antiques fair on on Monday and thought of you....

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  19. Vix, another gorgeous outfit!!!.
    Lovely West German multi-strand granny beads and toilet bag!
    I hope Iman is well too; I email her early this morning but not response yet!

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  20. My dear Vix; I have just wrote to Iman to ask if she was ok.Terrible.
    You had me laughing again with people trying to sell you your own staff, hahahahah.
    How do you do it. I always end up with a big smile whe I read your post.
    I am in stiches with: Jon never mentioned my waistband was tucked in.

    That skirt is a true killer, ahhhhhh
    MIl besos.
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  21. I'm still in shock about Japan, I hope your blogger friend is okay. Lovely maxi skirt and dagger collar shirt xx

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  22. That child certainly will fit right in on the Wall of Misery. We are about to have pizza too, just sent Mr D out to our local Italian. Much to pooped to cook! xx

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  23. YOU LOOK AMAZING DEAR! REALLY LIKE YOUR OUTFIT!

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  24. What a marvellous Alice band and I love your earrings!

    That miserable child looks fab haha!

    The earthquake and tsunami news is horrendous :( xxx

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  25. Gorgeous bit of skirt darling - what a fabulous colour! Looking forward to seeing your creations from your patterns too xx Have a wonderful weekend x

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  26. Oh dear god that painting is perfect for the Wall ha ha!

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  27. Lovely colour of skirt. The events in Japan are just unbelievable, so awful. xx

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  28. Score on the patterns! I found a pile of dress patterns the other day (and I never ever see any in carity shops) but sadly they were all a vintage size 8 which I guess is about 6 sizes too small for me :(

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  29. I love how you glam up a simple outfit with accessories, you look great. The Wall of Misery all makes me giggle. x

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  30. Still can't believe what's happened in Japan! My thoughts are with them.

    As for your outfit, love it. The blue skirt looks super!

    X x

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  31. I love that you love the creepy kid pictures. My Aunt Annie used to have a houseful of them with the oriental lady on her chimney breast, I was a bit creeped out with them as a kid :)
    Kandi x

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  32. That is a gorgeous gorgeous skirt! Love the color and its length! :)

    Tanvi
    from © tanvii.com

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  33. You look beautiful as always Vix - any chance of a close up of your blouse? Would love to see the pattern.

    That Jiffy pattern looks fab - can't wait to see what you make!

    Sarah xxx

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  34. There can't be too many people around who get really excited and happy by getting a creepy child picture... That's why I love you, Vix (and if I ever find one, I'll send it to you). And how gorgeous do you look in the blue skirt?! (tugged in waistband or not) xxx

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  35. What a gorgeous skirt, love the color. btw, inspired by ur posts, I bought some simplicity designs on ebay and am dying to make something on my own. Will go to fabric store over the weekend!!

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  36. I love love the floral bag! The jiffy simplicity dress looks so darn cute. That is the style I adore.

    My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, seeing some of those images on youtube video was just so sad to see.

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  37. Gorgeous blouse and skirt! Glad you liked the parcel x

    Just got back from a wedding and it feels like it's Saturday instead of friday!

    Awful news about Japan, just heard about it this afternoon from a friend. My thoughts are with them x

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  38. That crying child will feel right at home on your wall of misery!
    You look soooo sleek and gorgeous in that weepingly fab maxi & shirt!Love the colours!
    Yes,indeed,I so hope Iman is ok,that was dreadfully shocking news about the quake/tsunami.The "Ring of Fire" seems to be highly active.....
    Love you,you sexy bint!
    xxxXXXxxx Helga!

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  39. did you take inspiration from my rum and coke pic in my blogs sidebar or we doing the psychic thing again?? I'll look out for jiffy patterns for you now that I knnow you like them.xx.

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  40. I love the blue shade of that maxi skirt! Magnificent. I am also jealous of your thrift-store ladies - obviously they know you very well!

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  41. Love the outfit!! and the vintage patterns look awesome!!

    XX
    Jessie
    http://87life.blogspot.com

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  42. According to Iman's Facebook, she is okay, but did feel the shock.

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  43. Wow all those patterns for a £1 and theres great ones there to you lucky thing, i love the little bag to, Have a lovely weekend and have fun dress making, dee xx

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  44. The Japanese situation is totally freaking me out. I could hardly sleep last night for thinking about the people on the missing trains and boats. I find it easy to get caught up in imagining things like that - and it's very tiring, depressing and pointless.

    Thank God for Jiffy patterns, lovely new skirts and a lovely Vix for a Saturday morning!

    Ali x

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  45. I LOVE that headband Vix! You look adorable. x

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  46. i just can;t look at the photos from japan. i don't believe it's true!

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  47. I love the beads you picked up, gorgeous.
    You are so clever and crafty Vix, the headband is gorgeous and the skirt looks beautiful on.

    Your night in sounds good to me! Me and Andy are planning a night in after tackling the garden today.

    xxxx

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  48. You are rocking it as usual chick! Love that shirt teamed with that skirt. And the bow in your hair is fab! We have had lovely weather here too. As for Japan - what is going on in the world at the moment?? Someone's got it in for us xx

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  49. love the maxi skirt and it fits you so well!!. And that patterns look great, I wish you make something delightful with them!!
    besos

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  50. you look as amazing as always. love the blouse so much.

    http://wardrobexperience.blogspot.com

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  51. Beautiful maxi skirt Vix. The cut is gorgeous.
    And yes we had snow too on Friday night, what's going on there?!
    Hope you had a great weekend
    xxx

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  52. I like how crisp and clean the outfit is, loving the shade of blue.:D

    The dressmaking patterns are such a great buy!

    ***** Marie *****
    allthingsmarie.com

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  53. Dearest Vix, love the outfit, you look great. Men never seem to notice things like that do they?

    That's funny the charity shop had saved you your own stuff! You said that might happen.

    The child will be perfect for the wall of misery!

    Very impressed with the budget drinks! I'm back in the land of the living at last! Much love, C xx

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  54. Fab skirt. Wish I could turn back time and make it Friday night again. xx

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  55. I love that they saved you your own cast-offs!
    And i love that blouse..and the granny beads you managed to find..
    Our charity shops never seem to have any dress patterns :(

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