Self-stitched September; day 20:
Awkward time of the year. Donned tights again this morning because of a pessimistic weather forecast, only to later find myself too hot. Lol!
And not sewing or handmaking related at all, but still exciting... the first batch of cygnets has arrived! Here they are below with their mother and father; and did you know that swans mate for life? They are always in pairs; very romantic, I think... and I've also noticed that swans are extremely good parents. Once their cygnets have appeared, both parents stick close together with their little family until they have fully grown into adults, and then the group still hangs around together for even a bit longer, presumably until the second generation find their own mate and leave. There is still another nesting swan nearby here, and I'm looking forward to seeing how many are in her brood too...
Some reading this may not be aware that black swans are native to Western Australia, or possibly that they even exist; I only mention this because when we had our delightful foreign exchange student staying with us she was quite amazed to see black swans hanging around. She had seen them in the movie Black Swan, but had assumed the ones in the movie were fake. Well, of course, black swans are not fake at all, and occur naturally and plentifully here. It is the white swans which are exotic around these parts!
Jacket; my own design, a re-fashioned pair of old pants, ivory cotton drill, details and tutorial here
Tshirt; self-drafted, leopard print knit stuff, part of a twin-set, details here; and to see this styled in 6 different ways go here
Skirt; self-drafted, charcoal knit stuff, details here
Tights; Spencer & Lacy
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes