It was too long for the skirts to be untucked but when it was tucked in it was too poofy and this is where I started getting really frustrated. I tried some of the belts that I have that I thought would be good but nothing looked right. I then remembered some thick pink satin ribbon in my stash and thought this would work as a temporary obi belt as knew it was so long it would go round me a few times. This helped the whole poofy thing but not what to wear on the bottom. I tried it with jeans untucked but was not sure on this either and then J came to my aid. My knight in shining armour. He picked up one of my discarded skirts that I hadn't even put on as thought it would look stupid and told me to try that as it would pick up on one of the colours in the top pattern (I know, I am SO lucky) and what do you know it looked good!
So meltdown over I was ready to go and meet our friend for lunch!
|Taffy blouse in purple voile fabric with flower pattern in teal and pink with bright pink satin ribbon as belt and teal linen skirt, purple tights and grey boots|
I think the sleeves have calmed down a bit after being under my coat so don't think they look too flamenco dancer any more. The neck is still standing a bit proud so I think a better pressing is in order. I think if I make this top again I will shorten it at the waist, put in front and back darts and a side zip as need to wear things that are more fitted. I love this top on other people but have noticed they are slimmer and have a smaller bust than I do. This causes me a little concern about the Licorice dress as I love the look of it but fear that it would look like a sack on me. I shall have to make a muslin before using any fabric that I love on it as don't want it to end in tears.
My hair is a little windswept as we went for a walk down the wetlands today and to say the wind was bracing would be putting it mildly! I got some pretty photos with my camera though.
|view of the track on the way into the wetlands with the sun direct ahead|
|the lighthouse is in the distance with viewing ports through the fences on either side of the track to view the birds on the lakes|
|View of a swan in the distance taken through one of the viewing ports|
|Looking out to sea over the mudflats|
|Amazing rippled mud flats|
|Water reeds with sunlight shining through|
I do love going to the wetlands, although it's a lot more popular and therefore busy now which although is good for the charity and therefore the birds and other wildlife, I liked it better when it was quieter...I'm just selfish. I have been left feeling more refreshed though to get on with my other sewing tasks. Hurray!