After a Fashion?

 

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The inside of my winter wardrobe.

I don’t often post on this blog: I’m usually to be found thinking about quilts at She Sews You Know , but as my thoughts are wardrobe related I thought I’d write them here.

Lately, I have been reading a few things about minimalism, capsule wardrobes and having the clothes you need for your life. Project 333 is one you might like to look at if you are interested.

There is nothing minimalist about my wardrobe. Running kit, scruffy clothes for walking the dog and cleaning out hens are all in drawers and of course there is the extensive laundry pile.

There’s also nothing fashionable about my wardrobe.

This is still my favourite coat and it makes me easily recognisable. No one else has one like it and that’s my aim where possible.

There are only two items hanging there bought new from shops – a green maxi dress bought in Berlin and a camel maxi coat bought about fifteen years ago. There isn’t much of a colour theme: if I think it suits me I will wear it. Sometimes I find or make a piece and it has to wait a few months until I find or make a piece that goes with it.

I recently filled up a bin bag of clothes for the charity shop – I make mistakes and I go off things. I’m hoping there’ll be other people out there who aren’t too worried about up to the minute fashion so they’re not wasted.

 

This is my evening skirt, made of silk, lined with silk and worn once, maybe twice. It didn’t get added to the bin bag because I’m planning to reuse the fabric for other projects. The silk top is already in the unpicking pile.

I am trying to build a wardrobe I can actually wear year in year out until it wears out – I get fond of clothes and I don’t want to trash the planet. I love clothes  but I don’t want to be dictated to. I want to wear clothes that represent who I am, brighten up my life and let me get on with that life.

I’d love to hear from you if you are working on the same lines…..

Norma x

PS. Yes, still wearing them!

 

An exciting week!

I’m going to give a historic quilting workshop at the Weald & Downland Museum in May. Victorian & medieval to try & lots of other sorts to examine.  I’m in the brochure & I’m so excited….

The latest quiltThe latest Victorian style Weald & Downland Museum quilt.

Tumbling blocksMy own Tumbling Blocks – grown much bigger since this was taken.

And a new skirt…

New skirtNew skirt (and Gus!)

The fabric is very felt like and I bought it from the Turkish Market in Berlin.  I used the same pattern as the patchwork skirt I made in the summer. I love the way it’s cut on the bias.

Patchwork SkirtIt was hard to find interesting  fabric in Berlin – I should have asked people for tips before I went.

New skirtIt’s also a bit of a stash bust – the lining came from a bag of fabric given to me by a friend ages ago.

New skirtHeading off to the supermarket

New skirtPurple coat and pink skirt are me-made, boots from green shoes, denim jacket from charity shop and blouse from car boot sale.

The blouse is lovely but it crumples like a rag after a really short time. I’m thinking of using a bit of spray starch. Or does anyone have a better idea, please?

Happy Weekend! xxx

Berlin Days

Anyone remember Cabaret?  It was one of my favourite films.

I went to Berlin for the first time in the 1980s – before the wall came down and it seemed a sad place but I’ve always wanted to go back. So that’s where we went, taking the Eurostar to Brussels, changing in Cologne and reaching Berlin about 12 hours later. Train travel is my absolute favourite: it really feels like travel.

Askanischer HofThis was the hotel – the Askanischer Hof in Charlottenburg. Gogeous art deco place dating from the 1920s.

Our bedroomOur bedroom. Does it remind you of Cabaret? Well, nearly. A girl can dream can’t she?

StaircaseChristopher IsherwoodIn search of Cabaret, Christopher Isherwood, cycling around Potsdam, hanging out in Prenslauerberg, the Turkish Market, museums, history…. so much to do and only a week to do it in. I’d love to go back.

Spy Exchange Bridge This is where spies used to be exchanged during the Cold War.

BerlinIt was colder there than here. I wore my coat every day – and needed it!

Everything me-made except boots from Green Shoes, tights – retail, denim jacket – charity shop.

Good news at home too.  My other half has a new job and I’ve just started a temp job at M & S.

Happy weekend xxx

At the beach and in the woods

Gus at FerringGus at the seaside

  Gorgeous autumn day today so we took a picnic to the beach.  Of course, Gus spent an hour or so retrieving his ball from the sea.

Gus And walking with Gus in the woods on Friday I came across this:

Hen of the Woods?I think it’s called Hen of the Woods but I’m not confident enough to pick it and eat it.

And this:

Magic mushroom?I love the look of these mushrooms. I am still searching for a complete ring.

Hope you had a lovely weekend. xxx

The Long Summer Break is Over

Kingsdown BeachKingsdown Beach, Kent

Thank you for all your good wishes for my summer break. There have been lots of changes in my life over the last few months and I have really appreciated the support from my blogging buddies.  I’ll be checking into your blog very shortly if I haven’t already: I’m looking forward to chatting to you all again.

I wasn’t at the beach for the whole summer – just for one very sunny week. Heaven!

Me!Me!

Completely scruffy, but no point being vain.  This is probably the only picture of me taken all summer.

It’s all change for us.  My other half was made redundant in June.   It’s a bit scarey but it seems like a chance to live as we really want to.

My allotmentMy allotment

I’ve had the allotment for about nine years – ever since I left my proper job. I love it! We’re not allowed livestock, so no chickens: flowers & veg only. I dream of having a small holding but this is a really good alternative.  I’ve made lots of jam – rhubarb and ginger, strawberry, gooseberry so far but still some autumn jams to go.

I’ve been doing a lot of sewing over the summer for customers and for me.   All the positive comments and constructive criticism from my blogging buddies has given me confidence so who knows where my tiny business might lead me.

I’ll be doing a bit of sewing show and tell over the next week or two but I’m off now to look at what you’ve been up to.  xxx