Like last week's nightie this Paula Lee, England maxi dress was another £3 find at the Moseley Vintage Fair. Despite it being a child's dress labelled to fit height 60" and me being 63" (when you're a stumpy arse those three inches make all the difference) it fitted well. The sleeves were flouncy, the colour matched my nails and it was made from that gorgeous gauzy cotton that I love but I hated the feeble neck frill and being plain it was bordering on the mediocre.
A rummage around the house produced this scruffy old Rajasthani tourist tat bag I'd bought in Goa years ago and some Indian pom pom braiding from Walsall market. After removing the frill from the neck, I tore out the lining from the bag, cut the fabric into sections and layered them over the bodice, blanket stitching them into place with red embroidery thread to create a bit of a tribal look, I then finished the bodice off with my signature pom pom trim. Five hours and a calloused forefinger later, this was the result.
Yep, five hours of hand-sewing. In normal circumstances I'd have called it a day after a couple of hours and given my poor middle-aged eyes a rest but not now. Jon spotted this £7 anglepoise lamp in a chazza the other day and snapped it up. At home I Googled the manufacturer's name The Daylight Company and discovered that this model retails for £104 and that it's a specially developed, London-designed task light suitable for reading & doing close work for hours at a time.
It's not the most attractive thing in our house but it's pretty fantastic.
|Tribal-style vintage maxi worn with bespoke pompom & patchwork bag (Xmas present, handmade by Liz), Suede ankle boots (Schuh sale, 2016), silver jewellery, mostly from India except the disco ball earrings (Walsall market, 25p)|
Don't worry, I've got my thermal leggings on underneath and I'll be adding a coat, hat and gloves when I leave the house. It's freezing out there!
Linking to Patti's Visible Monday before I spend Monday afternoon in Wetherspoons.