MMM days 5 to 10

You already saw what I wore on 5 May – my mad pink trousers came out to play again, while I was sewing a couple of Renfrews.

I’m sorry to be lazy, but if you want to know more about an individual garment, just search my blog – I have a dog to walk and a blanket to knit!

6 May 2013  True Roo the Car Mechanic
Happiness Rating:  A comfortable High

Is this a sickle I see before me?

Temperature: An astonishing 15C and climbing
Sources of Happiness:  This is the Real Me.  If I didn’t have to work where I do, I would dress like this all the time.  Bright buttons!  Comfy shoes!  Leggings!  Purple!  Beads!  Yup.  This is True Roo.
Me-made:  Darling Ranges dress in organic cotton / bamboo mix fabric, Audrey in Unst cardigan in locally-spun yarn, Mad Budgie socks.  Not me-made but handmade bead necklace from Silly Old Suitcase.

It was a Bank Holiday and for once I actually took the day off (I usually go to work and add the day to my summer holidays).
After helping FL change the wheel on his car (in the sense that he sat on a picnic chair and called out instructions while I manipulated jacks and wheel-nut-undoing-devices – hark at me, I HAZ SKILLZ!) we went out for lunch at Touched by Scotland.

We had to wait for a table, so I had a look round the craft shop and the newly-located, much-shrunken Wool Shed.  I hope they manage to keep going – they have such lovely yarns, but it does feel a bit squashed.  I don’t know where their stock is hiding.  No, I didn’t buy anything, but was sorely tempted by Grampian Alpacas DK.  Mmmm – soft!

7 May 2013  Actually Rather Nice
Happiness Rating:  Quite High

Temperature: Variable between the foggy coast (11C) and sunny inland (15C)
Sources of Happiness:  Red buttons!  “Oh look, this dress fits me much better than I remembered – it’s actually rather nice!”  Comfortable boots.  But really – should I be wearing ankle boots with a summer-weight dress?  I had a shoe crisis about this. Tsk.
Me-made:  Darling Ranges dress with adjusted bust darts (see original post), Japanese pattern black jacket, red Percy shawl (in self-defence against coastal fog-chill).

8 May 2013  Rosacea in Red
Happiness Rating: Medium?

Temperature: 9C  (yeah, that’s the end of double-figure temperatures I reckon!)
Sources of Happiness (or otherwise):  I’m feeling a bit meh about this combination, despite expecting it to be a “staple” outfit when I made the red top.  It’s just a bit… boring?  I think the top looks best tucked in, but that exposes the gap between the waistband and the next button.  I need to add a snap fastener under there.  And I am tired of the black jacket already.  It is my cardigan-substitute, but it’s not as warm or comforting as something woolly.  Which is why I wore my Ishbel shawl on top.  There’s not much energy here.  It could do with some accessorising – red beads?  Interesting earrings?  Wilder shoes?  Or am I just pissed off that my rosacea is flaring up?  I can’t actually blame my clothes for that : (
Me-Made:  Printed jersey Kelly skirt; red Renfrew top; black Japanese pattern cotton jacket;  Ishbel bfl shawl.

9 May 2013  Boyle’s Law
Happiness Rating:  High… until I saw the photo

There are blue stockings and there are bluestockings…

Temperature:  7C
Sources of Happiness (or otherwise):  These separates were always intended to be worn together.  The violet and black lace-print Renfrew was made with this skirt in mind, and I do think they work well together, and with the black jacket.  The crazy tights were inevitable.  But when I looked at the pictures, I was disappointed – it’s all a bit “straight up and down”.  I don’t look fat and I don’t look thin, but I look dangerously middle-aged and not quite female.  Even with my tidier haircut, I feel myself drifting into Susan Boyle-before-her-makeover territory.  Is this inevitable?  Do all women start to look like men in drag at a certain age?
My granny’s not-jet beads lifted it a bit, but…
Me-Made:  Ginger skirt in UV-lilac cord;  violet and black lace print Renfrew;  Black cotton japanese pattern jacket (yawn!); shetland lace triangle shawl.

10 May 2013 Tilda Roolz
Happiness Rating:  Medium, revised to High

It was the wind, I swear!

Temperature:  6C with winter coat on in the morning and then suddenly “hot” in the afternoon
Sources of Happiness (or otherwise):  This morning I had a bit of a meltdown.  I could not face wearing that black jacket again and I was feeling rebellious towards frumpy skirt-age.  So I returned to an old favourite combination, seen in at least two previous self-stitched challenge rounds.  But you know what?  There’s a reason why I wore it then, and that I ought to wear it now:  the proportions work.  A short cardi with wide trousers makes my legs look longer, and me taller.  I am 5 foot 3.  Yes, really.  In this outfit I am Tilda Swinton and I am ten feet tall.  THIS sort of androgyny roolz. I am also wearing my bird-cage necklace which never fails to make me smile, though it definitely lacks any handmade credentials. My feet were too hot in the afternoon.
Me-Made:  Betsey Johnson 1970’s trousers; Sencha in Liberty tana lawn; Audrey-in-Unst cardigan.  A friend knitted the shawl (Christine!)

How am I feeling right now?
I just went back and gave each of my outfits to date a score out of ten.  I won’t tell you the results yet, but it’s not what I expected.
Sometimes I over-think.
Sometimes I just wish I had fewer, but better, clothes.
A self-designed uniform?
A different job.
TGIF

Yes, Hero, I’m coming!