New? Nothing new to see here! I've owned this 1970s psychedelic catsuit for at least five years, it's worked at a few vintage fairs, danced on a moonlit beach in Goa, had lunch in Wetherspoons and survived Glastonbury tucked into my wellies.
Today is the first time time I've tried wearing it with a blouse underneath and I like it. It reminds me of being a kid and Mum making me wear my summer dresses throughout the winter with crocheted tights, a silky polo neck or a dagger collar shirt underneath. You'll have grown out of that by next Summer, she'd say, You'll have to get your wear out of it while it still fits or it's a waste of money.
I've got no intention of growing out of my catsuit, I'll be back on my Wii Fit on Monday morning now I've finally shaken off the dreaded lurgy.
In other news, that's me and the Lizzes (next to each other, top left of the photo) showing off some of the creations we made in our batik and gelli printing workshop on Tuesday.
When we took the workshop earlier this year I used one of my batik panels to pimp up a jumble sale denim jacket.
Here's what I made this week. I'm thinking of sewing an Afghani style dress and using the bottom piece of batik as the bodice, perhaps picking out some of the detail with metallic thread. My sewing mojo seems to have done a runner this week but I'm sure normal service will be resumed shortly.
Jon's only just started to feel human again so we haven't been out hunting this week but anyone planning to visit us at vintage fairs this weekend needn't worry, we've some amazing new stock courtesy of a wonderfully kind blog reader, Jayne, who was having a huge declutter and thought of us. So much vintage womenswear arrived yesterday that Izzy the post man had to call round to ask us to meet him by his van after he'd finished his round. I was almost squealing with excitement when I opened the five parcels he handed us. Here's some of the pieces you'll find on our rails at Balham on Saturday (details HERE) and Moseley on Sunday (HERE).
|Clockwise from top left: 1960s cocktail dress; St Michael wool day dress; Astraka fake fur; Silk blouse; sequined cocktail dress, Caped maxi dress; lurex blouse; Halterneck day dress; Sequined cocktail dress; 1960s day dress, 1980s cocktail dress
As we had to cancel our plans last weekend we've still got all the funky menswear we bought the previous week to dazzle the punters with but we have managed to add a couple more items, snagging these super cool pieces from eBay earlier this week. I can't think of many men who wouldn't look great in this 1970s novelty print American shirt or the belted red leather jacket - sadly not Jon as they're both too big.
We're off to pack the van in readiness for a (hopefully) full-on vintage selling weekend. Have a good 'un and see you on the other side.
Updated to link to Patti & the gang for Visible Monday.