It's that time of year again. I started & fell pretty much at the first fence last year. This time the rules are different & I really think this time I can make it work. I've chosen Option 1:
6 tops - t-shirts, shirts, blouses, or camisoles
4 bottoms - jeans, pants, shorts, skirts or kilts.
1 your choice (not an accesory)
2 garments may be purchased or previously sewn.
1 may be knitted or crocheted.
1 will be a matched print or stripe.
1 will feature embroidery, beads or sashiko.
1 will have buttons as the star feature OR use unusual or alternative closure(s).
Now as a rule I dress fairly conservatively, BUT I just made a jacket that goes a little way outside my usual comfort zone & I like it & I like that everyone who has commented has done so favourably. Put simply I wanted about 5 buttons but couldn't find enough that matched in the vintage button stash at work - I won't buy any if I can help it when there are so many in this stash! Then I spotted some pink ones & remembered I had some pink top stitching thread, except there weren't enough pink so I looked again & found some identical purple ones. Thus the Smartie jacket came into being!
I have to remember too that I dress for comfort & practicality. I walk to work in all weathers, but have a uniform when I get there. I walk the dog nearly every day so need pants for that - I generally put walking boots on for comfort. I go into town maybe once a week, often on foot, usually in what ever I happen to be wearing but I need to make more of an effort. Finding comfortable, practical but good looking & reasonably priced shoes is always a hassle for me & does affect what I end up wearing. The designer in me is having a field day, especially as I need to really start thinking outside the box a little & get more adventurous. Trouble is I can envisage another swap along side this one called Chocolate Heaven to go with a jacket my daughter bought me two years ago that doesn't get worn very often. All this food thinking must be due to being on a weight loss plan. VBG.