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Wartime Wardrobe Challenge – January roundup

In my first roundup for the Wartime Wardrobe Challenge I am happy to report I haven’t spent any coupons yet. I was vaguely tempted by some stuff in the People Tree sale, but since I can’t wear dresses just now anyway, it wasn’t hard to resist. They do always have old stuff in their sales anyway, so it’ll all probably still be there in the summer.

grey pillbox hat

I only bought one fashiony thing in January – a vintage style pillbox hat from the Charity shop. Or possibly vintage, though I don’t think so, it’s by Kangol. It’s made from polyester and would have used up two coupons had it been new. It was £6.99, which is lots but that’s Edinburgh charity shops for you.

New hat

This is what it looks like on. I will be wearing it in April to a wedding, though I have to sort the netting before then. It’s all sticky outy on one side in a funny way. Anyone know how I can fix it? I don’t think wetting it will work as it’s so synthetic feeling. Maybe hanging things off it to pull it downwards? Any advice gratefully received!

bye bye clothes

Anyway, back the challenge. As I mentioned, I am also trying to reduce the size of my wardrobe, and I made a start by getting rid of things:

  • Vintage men’s bomber jacket (used to be Dave’s, then I inherited it when it didn’t fit him any more. It’s small enough to just about work for me in an eighties style, but I’ve worn it just a couple of times, so off it went.
  • Tartan cape. I love this but have only worn it a handful of times as it’s not very practical weather wise. The fabric is really warm, but it’s so open at the bottom that it doesn’t really work as a jacket when it’s cold.
  • Black wrap dress. I held onto this longer than I should have, because it’s French Connection, but it’s the least well fitting of three very similar short sleeved full skirted dresses I have, so it’s going.
  • Chiffon evening dress. I bought this when I was a student in a charity shop. It’s Monsoon and was new, and I remember it wasn’t cheap. But embarrassingly, I’ve never worn it and now I don’t think I would ever have the occasion to, so it’s going.
  • A pair of black trousers and a black cord skirt, both because they were worn out. But that’s ok, both were bought about fifteen years ago when I was at school so it’s fair enough I let them go.

There were a few more things, but the cat peed on them in protest (a story for another day maybe), so they need washed and will go into February’s roundup.

So, in summary:

Coupons used: 0
Coupon equivalent for second hand items: 2
Money spent : £6.99

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  • Meg 6 February 2013, 11:22 am

    Franca, as an occasional milliner I would suggest trying to ‘fix’ the fly-away netting as follows:
    – steam the netting by holding it over a kettle. This should soften it enough to allow you to remould it into shape
    – pop it over an upturned bowl/football/bulbous vase and mould the netting to the desired shape
    – rather than use weights, make a ribbon out of cling film and wrap it round the net over bowl to keep it in shape. Don’t tie it too tightly, just enough to keep the veiling in the desired place. Leave it for an hour, check and leave longer if necessary.

    If the veiling really has been battered about you may be better off replacing it. New veiling is a little easier to steam and mould than old stuff. If you don’t have a haberdashery in Edinburgh, DM me over Twitter and I can send you a couple of foot of merry widow veiling.

    Good luck and please report back on how you got on. xx
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    • Franca 6 February 2013, 5:52 pm

      will give it a shot, thank you!

  • Rhianne 6 February 2013, 11:50 am

    I’ve been going through my clothes lately too and getting rid of things you don’t wear is such a great feeling I think. I might go through them again this weekend actually…

    Also, I love the hat! I’ve got at least 4 weddings next year (theres something in the water…) and I’m going to be looking for something similar I think 🙂
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