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winter tops, charity shops and stuff not fitting

So once again its been a couple of weeks.

Anyway.I’ve been quite lazy, but I have actually made stuff….

First up another Renfrew Top I made a few weeks ago, and forgot to post about…it is made with jersey from Ditto Fabrics in Brighton, and is lovely and warm and pretty much spot on in terms of technique, and it is a bit of a weird one for me to wear clothes that look so normal, but the reason I’ve made millions of these this year is that all I wear all winter is layers involving long sleeved tops, so black does get a bit boring at times.

autumn flowers top


Bottom of the photo cut off as Jon took it with my mobile and didn’t move the case. Taken in Victoria Park, East London.


Then I made another Renfrew out of some fabric I got for £2 a meter off my favourite market stall. As it had a border print I aligned the top automatically with the border at the bottom, cuz any other way would look bloody weird frankly. I then proceeded to sew it up in my standard size, and then wondered why the hell it was a bit too small. Cuz the stretchy grain of the fabric is running up and down, not across isn’t it! I have got to say, that is something I never thought to check for, but yeah, that would be a problem with border printed jersey coming to think about it!

gothic border renfrew


So thats why I’ve photographed it lying on the bed.  It does fit, it looks nice under things and ok with skirts that sit on my natural waist, but it does have a tendancy to ride up, and I certainly couldn’t put it over a base layer, which is what I’ve mostly been wearing given the freezing weather, so I couldn’t get a good photo of it on.

Also stuff I have done..today on the way to the supermarket I popped in at one of the local charity shops and found these little beauties….

polaroid claudius


I’ve been after a dvd copy of I Claudius for ages, we recently disposed of our video copy, and I’ve wanted a polaroid camera for a while too. My little brother has one so I am going to find out from him where you get the bits from (hopefully), and if it doesn’t work, the camera was £2 the dvd £3 so who cares! 🙂

I have also taken custody of this gorgeous dress.

white gatsby dress

white flapper dress



It is an ivory lace flapper dress, made by Berkertex, so 80’s pretending to be 20’s, and it is gorgeous! It has a small hole in the lace on the skirt, but apart from that seems in good nick. Only drawback is it is a size 14, and having tried to get it on, probably a small 14 at that, so completely doesn’t fit. So now I have to decide whether to put it in the drawer I reserve for stuff that doesn’t fit, or whether to dispose of it! Grr. It was very cheap though so it doesn’t matter that much.

I am also in the middle of a bit more major sewing project so I’d better head back to that!

I wear my sunglasses at night

Yeah, I’d almost forgotten I have this blog………as predicted Jon being off for several weeks meant I did an awful lot of partying and chatting and not very much practical, and then spent 3 weeks sleeping to recover afterwards!

However in the last week or so I have started to feel better. I’ve cut the pieces out to make another top, but of course now the weather has gone all summer like I’m suddenly finding myself short of cotton sundresses that barely make it out the rest of the year!

Yesterday we went for a walk to my favourite charity shop in Beckenham, and they were selling sunglasses for a pound each….so I bought 3 pairs.

these are a fairly normal looking, what I imagine to be fairly modern pair, but they have metal inserts inside the plastic frames and I think they are fairly good quality. Not the worlds most interesting, but they will do for being slightly smarter/more normal looking.

These I think are an 80’s pair, they have a lovely gold bit on the sides of the frames


And finally these babies!


So totally Elton John! I can’t tell if they are original, a fashion for copies of these came out a couple of years ago, but I have never seen any of the copies being this massively huge! So I think maybe they are proper seventies ones. They are awesome anyway.


close up of the excessive amount of rhinestones!

I am still on the lookout for my dream black summer sunhat. I thought I’d found one when I went to Ledbury with my parents a few weeks ago, but it was too small. I think I have rather a large head by hat standards!

However at least this year my eyes will be protected in style.

Now all I have to do is find cases for them (possibly as a matter of urgency). Does anywhere apart from opticians and the internet do cheap, and hopefully interesting, glasses cases? Poundland?

bad taste pottery

I have a bit of a thing for novelty china that i pick up from charity shops. I used to collect the 1970’s green rustic looking stuff, but it has now got sufficiently expensive that charity shops rarely stock it anymore, so I decided to switch to novelty stuff instead.

Luckily I live in a part of London with really rather awful charity shops, so I don’t usually   find anything, however…two weeks ago we went to Hitchin in Hertfordshire, and I came back with this…

isn’t it fabulously ugly! It was £5 and now lives on our windowsill, scaring the blackbirds that live in the ivy behind our flat.

However if that wasn’t good enough, today I completely excelled myself…..

it is hard to tell from the picture, but it is actually quite huge! Isn’t it amazing? It doesn’t have any chips or anything on it, and the ladle is all in one piece!

It also doesn’t have any makers marks on it, so I will have to do a bit of research to find out what it actually is. It was only a tenner though, so it really doesn’t matter whether its valuable or not, though it will be fun to find to about it.

It is so big, that at the moment there is nowhere to put it, so it is going to have to live in a cupboard and only come out for special occasions…..like Christmas! We are doing Christmas at home this year, so it can sit on the table with my grannies china dinner service and hold the sprouts!  Can’t wait! 🙂