29 November 2011

kilty as charged


Ok,  I didn't manage to post every day in November.  But I have been wearing wool all through Wovember, maybe not down to my knickers, but there has been a very fair percentage of woolliness indeed.  I don't think I've mentioned it before but I tool a silent pledge not to buy any new clothes nearly two years ago.  I did allow myself to buy second hand clothes and new shoes (my non-employed life needed more flat shoes for walking!)  and for the most part I have stuck to it well with just a couple of brand new items.  As a consequence there has been much haunting of charity shops, much shortening of hems, some nippings in, a bit of darning.  It has all been most satisfactory even if I never quite manage to work through the pile of items awaiting adjustment or mending.

Thus it is that the kilt, and its happy sister the pleated check skirt, has come into its own in satisfying sartorial and sensual needs.  There's a plentiful supply in provincial charity shops,  and they are  forgiving when it comes to sizing, easily tweaked with a shift of a button or - confession- the addition of a bit of sneaky velcro.  Although they come in modest old lady lengths, you can just cut along the horizontal lines of the checks to get a perfectly neat edge.  Moreover, when you decide that there's still an element of frump, you can just go up another inch or two and no harm done.  I don't hem them, just ease the threads out along the bottom edge leaving a little fringe.  I pop them on the wool cycle, press the pleats back in, job done.  And most beautifully, they are soft, warm, 100 per cent wool, not just for Wovember.

Any suggestions for recycling the leftover lengths of woolly fabric gratefully received.

8 comments:

Jane Housham said...

Sewn together to make nice stripy cushion covers?

Kate said...

A woman after my own heart! I too have several such lengths...am thinking of a patchwork handbag ...perhaps I'll try to sew one next weekend

Liz said...

Your kilt looks really great. I remember wearing a very short red one when I was 17. Don't think I've got the hips to get away with one these days!

Mag said...

Well, rag hooking of course! If the pieces aren't wide enough for patches.

I used to love my kilts (worn at various times during my youth) but haven't had one since the age of about 18..

tomofholland.com said...

Needless to say I LOVE the darning and remaking of old clothes. I've been toying with the same pledge and perhaps I should just go for it.

Felix said...

I love your kilt + tips on how to shorten in a flattering way.

You know my no. 1 suggestion for leftover skirt fabric is TO TURN IT INTO BADGES! If you have any, send it over and I will badgify so you can have meta-badges for all your shortened skirts. Happy to take some scraps which are too small for anything else in return x

colleen said...

Thanks for your ideas! If only I can get round to them.

Felix - meta badges sound perfect. Expect a parcel.

ofpinsandneedles said...

Patchwork, I think. A giant woolly tartan-y patchwork blanket sounds amazing - or cushion covers if you've less. You could make flowers with button centres from any scraps you had left!