Hello all, I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! I spent it with family and no internet, but I thought I'd share some of my festive outfits from over the holiday period. This is what I wore on Christmas Eve - for the carol service followed by cocktails and canapes at my cousin's place. Last year I sported a sparkly bird in my hair, so I've decided to make wacky headwear a Christmas tradition. This one comes from my lovely fabulous sponsor, Now, Voyager.
This blouse is actually one of my first make do and mend achievements. I bought it from a charity shop oh, well over a year ago. It's a late 70s / early 80s number, but I was attracted to the asymmetrical buttoning and jabot bow - put me in mind of a 1930s look. The problem was it was completely square, and was somewhat tight on the bust and hips while bagging unflatteringly around the waist. Tucking it into a waistband didn't even fix the problem because the taffeta fabric simply has too much body to do "blousy fit", and puffed stiffly around the middle - not a great look. But I liked the details (and knew it would make a perfect Christmas outfit one day), so I made it a make do and mend challenge.
I put darts in the front and back to make the waist more fitted, but because of my - ahem - excess decolletage that wasn't enough, so I unpicked the side seams and put large diagonal darts towards the apex of the bust. This of course raised the hem in the front by a couple of inches so it doesn't match the back, but since I wear it tucked in this doesn't show.
Yes, I mixed my tartans - is double tartan a fashion faux pas like double denim? I try to avoid it, but since these are totally different in colour and scale I figured I could get away with it.
Christmas bird fascinator, Now, Voyager; Vintage wool cape, charity shop; Vintage 70s-80s blouse, charity shop and altered by me; Pencil skirt, hand-me-down from a friend; Belt, ebay; Gloves, Sandra's Vintage in Chichester; Shoes, Marks & Spencer; Clip-on carved rose earrings, can't remember.