Monday, 11 April 2016

Visible Monday (and Friday, Saturday and Sunday!)


Bloody internet! Our connection has been on the blink for the past week and an engineer can't get out to us before Thursday, bang goes any catch-up TV, eBay bidding or an involved blog post. As it's just about working this morning I thought I'd go old skool and share some of the outfits I've worn over the past few days before we spend the afternoon drinking cut price ale in 'Spoons.


On Friday I unveiled my freshly pimped-up denim jacket, enhanced with the batik panel I made in last Tuesday's workshop. As I don't do cardis (although I did snaffle a not-too-shoddy £395 Miu Miu silk & cashmere cardi from a chazza for £1 on Thursday) my 50p cropped denim jacket is great for popping on over a sleeveless maxi when it's not quite warm enough to go completely bare-armed.

Bronson of California flares (eBay, 2014), tiger print top (Topshop mini dress, bought from a charity shop, cropped and hemmed by me), Fake fur (£7, long-gone ex-catalogue shop, 2011


On Saturday I wore trousers to pack the van ready for Stockport. I don't own jeans (they just don't make me feel fabulous enough) but bastard massive canary yellow 1970s flares, that's a different matter entirely. The neighbourhood tom, Bentley, approved.

Dollyrockers maxi (Second To None, 2009), Huge sleeved velvet jacket (Liebchen Vintage), Biba dragonfly choker (My Mum's), Panda of London hat (Birmingham Settlement charity shop)

For Sunday trading I wore Dollyrockers, velvet and a crazy hat from my collection. Vintage Village is held in Stockport's Victorian covered market hall and it's blinking freezing. The outfit got lots of love from the Northern vintage lovers but I wished I'd worn thermals.

1970s maxi (£10) worn with a vintage felt hat (Cancer UK charity shop, 2014), Lamani coin belt worn as a pendant (India) and 1960s leather & suede Victorian lace-up boots (Car boot sale)

Today's outfit is a cotton maxi with a handkerchief hem bought from Ripe Vintage, fellow Stockport traders. I'm not sure if the clientele at Wetherspoons will appreciate me wearing a new-to-me frock to join them for a cheeky afternoon drinking session but it makes me feel good.


 Normal service will be resumed shortly, I hope. 
See you soon!

Linking to Patti and the gang for Visible Monday.

97 comments:

  1. What a collection of beautiful outfits. The brown velvet jacket is to die for, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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    1. I've just seen your latest blog post! I love a statement sleeve. xxx

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  2. Great outfits! Love the Dollyrockers maxi. Wonderful colour on you.

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  3. Oh, my dear .. I understand you, I also have problems with the internet connection, and not only where I live, but also to my parents' house .. our "beloved" Telecom is a bad mafia, so now use the connection of my neighbor (who is also a great pianist, among many boor who populate my apartment building ..)! I love all these clothes that you wear in these photographs. The long dress is wonderful, I love it as it falls to the bottom, it is poetic! The yellow jeans are absolutely strong, and the black cat is a genuine connoisseur!

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    1. How did we ever live without the internet, Serena? It's so maddening when it doesn't work properly.
      All clothes look better accessorised by cats! xxx

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  4. Arrggh, no internet! We'd be at the pub as well. Love those wide leg trousers, and the fabulous hat. Thanks for linking up and here's to restored internet asap, xox

    -Patti
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    1. Thanks, Patti! No internet is enough anyone to drink - but it's nice to spend days talking to each other, isn't it? xxx

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  5. Oh, that faux fur is lovely and your hat is amazing. I think the most important thing is always that you enjoy what you wear :)

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    1. Thanks, Char. You're right, clothes that don't make us feel fabulous make a real difference to our moods. xxx

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  6. Love those yellow flares! That maxi you are wearing today reminds me of one I saw in my favourite vintage shop during lunch break, and which actually made me think of you :) Hope your internet is fixed soon. xxx

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    1. You have the best vintage shops in the world, I swear! How exciting to get to browse during your lunch break,. too. xxx

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  7. I love the batik panel, so creative, and the dress you bought from Ripe Vintage is completely lovely. xx

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  8. Haha! That cat is really checking out your flares! You look utterly fab. I think the hats make the outfits.
    Hope you get your internet fixed fast! xxx

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    1. It seems to have mended itself, thank goodness. I missed some ace stuff on eBay thanks to its misbehaviour!
      I do love a hat, they add drama to an outfit (and hide root regrowth!) xxx

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  9. That black and floral sunray pattern dress is fantastic.

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  10. you and jon are incredible. i think i found the USA equivalent of you two. when you get your internet back up you must watch this clip. ambie and tommy travel florida looking for finds. they are wonderful. x

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    1. I'm back online. I watched that clip, it's brilliant. I want to be Ambie!! Thanks for sharing, Juanita! xxx

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  11. Everything you where is fabulous, but those yellow flares might be one of my favorites! You are rockin it! :)

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  12. Fab outfits as always. That dress with the swirly panels is so flattering! Love the batik square on the denim jacket - you are a clever old thing!

    You might have a very peaceful week....

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    1. Thanks, Vronnie! That dress has a ribbed bodice, I thought it was a child's at first as it was so tiny. Luckily it stretched to grown women size. xxx

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  13. Love the batik inset on the denim jacket!
    Who else but our Vix could rock canary flares?
    And the swirly twirly black maxi with the pimpster hat is divine!
    Bibi
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    1. Thank, Bibi!! I did think of the hat with the flares but thought that might be a tad too pimptastic! xxx

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  14. It's fun to buy $$$ clothes second hand. I just bought a jacket the retails for $735....for $1!

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    1. Isn't it just? I love making up stories about the rich people who donated them! xxx

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  15. Dollyrockers.....that takes me back. I used to work in a posh shop in Derby in the mid 60's and we sold them. I had a lime green ,empire line , mini, one. Loved it. We used to sell Rayne and Christian Dior stockings. Customers had them ordered in their foot size and leg length. When tights came out I remember some with bees embroidered on the knees! ha ha.

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    1. Bee's knees tights - I'd love to find some of those!
      Dollyrockers is one of my favourite labels, I love the gauzy cotton they used and the feminine shapes. Your lime green mini sounds gorgeous. xxx

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  16. fabulous colorful collection! we called the skirt pattern of the black/mille-fleur maxi " banana skirt" because the pattern pieces are shaped like the yellow fruit :-)
    wish you a wonderful week! xxxxxx

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    1. I love "banana skirt" that's a wonderful analagy, Beate!
      Have a lovely week, too. xxx

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  17. Smashingly fantastic outfits! I especially love the black + multi-coloured dress. No one does vibrant colours as chicly or fabulously as you, dear Vix. Swoon!

    ♥ Jessica

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  18. You look absolutely wonderful! Love what you did to that denim jacket. Makes me wish I hadn't culled my very good-condition denim jacket about 5 years ago!!! I have a batik panel I made at a workshop too- that would've been a good use for it!!
    LOVE those flares. I had two amazing 1970's massive bastard flares (to coin a phrase) that I used to wear as a teenager- just like those except one pair were cream and the other- tan! Wish I a) still had them b)could fit into them. I am definitely a flares girl rather than tight trousers!!x

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    1. I'm the same as you, Kezzie. I keep getting rid of my denim jackets and wishing I hadn't. They're not exciting (unless you pimp them!) but dead useful.
      Flares are best - skinnies are too restricting! xxx

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  19. Bloody internet indeed. I can't catch up with Indian Summers either for some reason.... just get that loading thing going round and round. Fab outfits all, of course and a brilliant customizing of your denim jacket.
    I can't eschew cardi's...as I'm always cold, altho I'd draw the line at four hundred quid..even if it was cashmere and silk ! What an amazing find!
    Hope your interweb is sorted soonest. Bisous. X

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    1. The TV nearly went through the window after that blinking loading thing kept appearing! I hope you get to see Indian Summers in the end, it just gets better!
      I know, who spends £400 on a cardi and gives it to a chazza? Madness! x

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  20. love that you created that beautiful batik, and such a wonderful idea to sew it on your cropped jean jacket, it looks even more fabulous!!!, and obviously, I'm loving your hats and maxi dresses, but my favorites are your yellow pants!! you look absolutely gorgeous!
    wish you recover your connection quickly!
    besos

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    1. Your wishes have worked like magic. I'm connected again - hooray!!
      Trousers make me feel all purposeful and feisty, I need more! xxx

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  21. Oo some sunny choices to cheer us all up, loving the yellow flares! Internet's a blessing and a curse isn't it? I would start getting palpitations if I couldn't bid on Ebay for a week...! And blimey, Miu Miu for £1??!

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    1. I know! I don't want to think of the couple of things I missed out on over the weekend...grrrr!
      That cardi was a right find, I felt the quality when I ran my hand along the knitwear rail. It does need pimping though, it's black! xxx

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  22. There's something indescribably satisfying about bright yellow clothing-and you look so good in it.

    Good luck with the internet .

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    1. I think it's fixed itself, the mardy little bastard.
      So many people are terrified of yellow clothes - more fool them! xxx

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  23. I have this jean jacket and someone offered me one to replace the one I have. Sure it shown some wear but I love it, it so comfy.
    Coffee is on

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    1. The more worn the better in my book! x

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  24. Those yellow flares are killer. Quite inspiring. You might just get me to give up my daily jeans. And you really do have a way with a cropped jacket. I may have to chop off my denim. Once again. Inspiration.

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    1. I do love a cropped jacket especially when it's made from a dead Smurf! xxx

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  25. I certainly don't expect more "normal" service from you but I hope your connection gets fixed soon. You are the original rockstar! Love all of these outfits, but those yellow flares, oh yeah.

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    1. I can totally see you in those flares, Melanie! xxx

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  26. So many great outfits, I love the flares! I haven't worn trousers for years (except to the gym and yoga class!) and I was saying to some friends recently I would like a pair - yours are amazing. Also I love that last frock - its so great on you, I love the puffy sleeves and your cute hat. I hope your internet worries are over soon!

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    1. I do love flares but finding a vintage pair in the right size is a battle! You ought to have a bash at making some, you've got the best fabric stash! xxx

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  27. It's a good job Bentley the cat approved of your outfit; he looks like a bit of a bruiser!

    The dodgy internet connection is clearly fate's way of telling you to spend more time in 'Spoons. (Do they have free WiFi there?)

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    1. Lovely as the 'Spoons staff are I'm not sure how they'd react to me taking my PC down there as I don't have a laptop or fancy phone. Typically its working now the engineer is coming.
      Bentley looks a right old bruiser but he's as soft as butter. xxx

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  28. Spring-the need for peelable layers! I hate being chilled so keep a cardigan with me but much prefer your jacket.

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    1. Too right, Sam! Freezing one minute, boiling the next - unless it's my age! xxx

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  29. The exotic batik panels on the mundane denim jacket is a technique worth repeating! Would Jon (using his industrial strength machine) consider inserting batik "flares" into the seams of dull denim jeans, one wonders?

    Beware black cats contemplating yellow pants: they like to leave their furry marks of approval.

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    1. Isn't that what Keith Richards used to do? He's a skinny leg fan - a hangover from his Punk days - but I'd do it for me! xxx

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  30. Hoping all is well with your connection by now! Your ensembles always inspire me, and what a great hat review. I'm crazy for your denim jacket and yellow flared pants!

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    1. Now I've threatened it with an engineer its decided to work perfectly. Typical! xxx

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  31. Looking fab as usual , what a bargain with the cardi , Its amazing what you can find x

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    1. Isn't it just? I never get bored for the hunt! x

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  32. Wow. The flares! Incredible! So you! Love the dress and the fabulous velvet with the even more fabulous sleeves. My wedding dress sleeves touched the floor until they were knotted! xxx

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    1. Your wedding sleeves sound wonderful. The bigger the better when it comes to sleeves and trouser legs! xxx

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  33. Don't know how you find time for the telly with all the stock finding, sewing and selling you have going on - hope you can catch up with all your programmes soon. Lovely dresses here, especially the purple one. Betty

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    1. Hi Betyy! We managed a gargantuan catch up of all my favourite subtitled series last night. Mafiosa, Cenk Batu and Thicker Than Water. I love catch -up TV, I can squeeze the incessant shopping, sewing and washing in. xxx

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  34. Cor bloomin. I hate it when technology goes wrong, makes me want to grind my teeth. Thank goodness they've despatched a man to sort it. ( mardy little bastard - hahaha!) Your batik jacket is a triumph, you're setting a new trend with these sewn on panels I reckon. Those yellow flares are to die for, love them big time. D'you know, I'm rather enjoying an old skool outfit post. Are you going to be wearing the cardi?! Xxxx

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    1. Hello T! Yes, I do enjoy an outfit post, proper old fashioned blogging and nice and straightforward to comment on.
      The cardi is in the drawer, it's very boring but a good fit and smashing quality. Great for camping. I'll be the poshest dressed at Glasto! xxx

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  35. First time commenter, long time blog reader!
    Spotted you out in those lovely trousers last week in West Brom, I was too far away to catch you up.
    Love love the sleeves on the velvet jacket.
    When I was 12 and my Hippy sister was 18 I used to sew the flares into her jeans like Beth Waltz commented loved them!
    Next time you are in West Brom stop off in Great Bridge especially on a Wednesday a couple of chazzas (marbles and an indepentant small charity one) and an indoor market lady on the front sells 'new to you' clothes ....free parking on Asda! Jay x

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    1. Hello GJ! Fancy that. I hope we manages to chat next time you spot us!
      I've done that panel technique with sleeves. I'll have to keep my eyes peeled for trousers to try it out.
      We do pop over to Great Bridge every now and then. Found some great stuff in marbles! xxx

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  36. Absolutely bloody love the new maxi and the huge sleeved velvet too! Hope you get your internets sorted soon. x x

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    1. Cheers, G! It seems to have righted itself at the moment, bloody technology! xxx

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  37. You look great in ALL these photos Vix!

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  38. I gave up on jeans ages ago, they just don't do it for me. I think they would have to be massive flares or bell bottoms for me to take any notice. I did snaffle some rockabilly ones in a chazzer while I was waiting for Philip to fix the submarine up in Barrow. I've not worn them but they were to good to pass up for the price.
    You won't get knocked down in them yellow perils Vix. Oh no I can feel an ear worm coming on "We all live in a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine, a yellow submarine" xxx

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    1. You suit trousers, Lynn. The pink ones you wore on Sunday looked brilliant. You'll make a few quid on eBay with those rockabilly jeans if you don't wear them, people love 'em! xxx

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  39. LOVE that jean jacket redo! And those bold yellow pants with the blue furry coat.

    I've had an off week myself. Glad to see you back and as fabulous as ever!

    bisous
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    1. Hello Suzanne! Hope you're fighting fit and raring to go now! xxx

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  40. Oh wow - some fabulous outfits here, Vix (of course there are!) You made a great job of the batiked-up denim jacket, it looks wonderful. And I love the new-to-you frock and it's fancy hemline. You're rocking those flares - bright and bold and funky, just like you, love!
    Hope the internet is sorted now. However fancy the cardi, I still can't imagine you wearing one - show us!
    Love you! xxxx

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    1. I can't get over the cardi, its as dull as ditchwater but as warm as anything. I'll probably only ever wear it for camping unless I think of some magic way to pimp it. xxxx

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  41. Those fab yellow flares take me back to the summer of '76, when mum wore her home made yellow flares and was swamped with a plague of greenfly and ladybirds, as was a nearby yellow Mini, it sort of put me off yellow. Love the cute denim jacket with the home made batik, and do we get a sneaky peek at the Miu Miu cardi? xxx

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    1. Insect attracting pants, it makes a change from randy pensioners, I suppose!
      Honestly, the cardi is so boring. The way it feels is the best thing about it! xxx

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  42. My goodness you did a great job on that denim jacket!! You're offically turning into a DIY Diva!! Hurrah the Diva!

    Sorry to hear that you were cold at your fair. I used to work flea markets in cold, damp weather...it wasn't fun when the weather turned.

    Your outfits are divoon as usual!! Hee, hee, I like that your flares are cat approved.

    happy thrifting ;)

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    1. Hello TP! Being cold is the worst, I never get too hot! xxx

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  43. you are just too fabulous, you Vixen, you !!! Firstly, I saw that outfit with that cropped denim jacket and fell in love...even before I saw the detail on the bag (How gorgeous!!!!!!!). Secondly, I absolutely loved that fur cropped jacket that is so well paired with those yellow flare pants...you look phenomenal in that look!!! phenomenally stylish and gorgeous!!! Finally, both of those maxi dresses (purple and black) look amazing on you...These outfits of yours are utterly perfect and very inspiring.

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    1. Hello Ivana! Long time no see! Thank you so much. xxx

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  44. So much vintage goodness in one post! I love it. Your newly adorned denim jacket looks terrific with your batik panels. Must feel pretty good to be wearing your own art!

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    1. Thanks, Loulou. I really want to make more batik now! xxx

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  45. Beautiful display of dresses but those yellow flares are really a highlight of this post. Not often we can see you wearing pants but when you do it is something striking.

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    1. Thanks, Olga. Finding well fitting trousers is an almost impossible task. If I could find more with huge flares I'd wear them all the time. xxx

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  46. I have to say I'm grateful that your internet connection was flaky and you ended up posting this round of gorgeous outfits. So much beauty! I admired the maxi dresses, the way you look (liking your reflection in the mirror, always gives a woman that extra sparkle), the cropped denim jacket... but when I saw you in these fantastic yellow trousers... WOW!!!!!

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  47. OMG (to coin a phrase). Those yellow trousers are exactly the same as the ones I made for 'O'level needlework in 1971! I also made a jacket to go with them in floral material with yellow lapels and pockets. I didn't pass though as I finished the suit at home (which wasn't allowed) as I wanted to wear them to my friend's 16th.

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    1. Hello Aileen! That outfit sounded like an amazing creation. How unfair that you didn't pass but hopefully you enjoyed your friend's 16th party! xxx

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