Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Judy's Affordable Vintage Fair Haul

A Saturday off work- reason enough to celebrate, but with a vintage fair too boot I was doubly excited.  Disaster seemed to strike earlier in the week though when my bank card was cancelled- but luckily I was able to get to the bank (passport in hand) and take money out manually.  I took out £50 to last me the week, for any unforeseeable necessary purchases but mainly it was for the fair.  As it turned out  I only spent £26, and got quite the haul- 4 tops, 1 dress, 1 skirt, 1 book, 1 magnet, and then a trip to Wilkinson for coat hangers, irn bru, and chewitts!

When I go to the craft fairs on Sunday's I usually take a turn about the room looking everything over, then go back to the stalls that looked promising.  I walked past one stall that had cool magnets but didn't buy one until my way out.  But the vintage fair has more stalls, and Saturdays have more people so I wasn't sure how to play it as I had less space to browse from afar and needed to get in and do some rummaging.  There was a rail of vintage-style new clothes which included cute cardigans (I love me a good cardi) with roses and anchors on them (as you do) but they were £30 and a little over budget.

I found a stand (the ladies had to stand on the other side of the pathway as there wasn't room for them in their actual stand) with a case full of clothes £3 each, 4 for £10, or 5 for £10 with a discount card.  I found three tops I liked but for another £1 I could get two more things, so I dug a little further and got 4 tops and 1 dress for £10!  They had labels in with previous prices which totalled £52! I'm going to have to customise the two blue tops as one is too big/long and the other is too busy and wearing it would be death by ruffles- so watch this space for a post on that. 

I was looking for separates if I could find them, especially cool trousers but I am an awkward fit at the best of times and vintage fairs are known for groovy dresses so trousers were few and far between.  Some nice snug jumpers around though but nothing that rocked my socks or looked/was a good fit.  I ended up at the large Mighty Baby stand- I recognised their offer, skirts/trousers/jackets are £10 each or 3 for £25.  There were three skirts I liked and toyed with buying all three but £25 seemed a little too much to spend even if it was a good deal.  I tried the skirts on there over the one I was wearing (so not warm enough for a skirt, and blew up in the wind as soon as I left the house) but it was obviously one was a little tight and I noticed it had a small rip in the back.  So I couldn't get the deal and decided to only buy my favourite. 

I stopped at the book/comic/record stand (one of the few not selling clothes) and picked up a Somerset Maugham book called Narrow Corner- I liked the vintage style cover, and the cheap price (£2) but was intrigued by the blurb (to paraphrase) -'a handsome Australian with a shadowy past...tense exotic tale of love, jealousy, murder, suicide...'  Walking along I had found a stand with free chocolates, so before I left I snook back and took two more :)Then headed to the exit/entrance when I bought the cool magnet I had seen.  Clearly just a sticker on some ceramic but it was only 70p so I went for it.  They had it in pink, blue, white, and yellow- normally I'm all about pink but I thought the image looked better on the yellow.  Plus renting a room in a shared house means none of my furniture/furnishings are mine and therefore there is no colour scheme so it's not like the yellow will clash. 

Then I headed to Wilkinson for coat hangers for all my new/old clothes!

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