(if you're new, I've pledged to wear only clothes handmade by me this year and to sketch my daily outfits in my Fashionary. I'm calling this the paper doll project)
Black Issey Miyake dress, gold stilettos
aqua dress with wave-y welted pockets
blue top, hot pink shorts
purple-brown dress, ecru scarf
Japanese print dress
I apologise if it seems like everything is way too repetitive with my paper dolls' daily outfits. The fact is that I am not a fashion blogger; I'm making all my own clothes and so my wardrobe is really not all that chocka with stuff. I am going to be repeating myself, on a regular basis. But y'know what?? I'm absolutely fine with that. It matters far more to me that I have a small number of garments to suit any particular combination of expected activities and weather conditions and man, it's been hot!!!... and that I love and value each of those garments highly enough to reach for them over and over.
And then, there are the special occasion pieces, which by their very definition are not meant to be frequently worn.
I included above a black Issey Miyake dress that was worn twice during the week, for evening wear. Firstly, our family went to a swish-o restaurant to celebrate my daughter's birthday on Friday (thank you to the commenters who wished her a happy birthday!), and secondly, we hosted a big party for her at home last Saturday. The party was formal; rellies* all arrived dressed to the nines, all the girls in gorgeous little cocktail dresses and towering stilettos, all the boys in suits. Cassie looked lovely in a dress I had made about six years ago and all my boys wore shirts made by me (happiness!) Of course the hors d'oeuvres wielding, drinks topper-upperering, cake bearer (moi) had to look presentable too... so I frocked up in my serious LBD and gold stilettos, hair up in a chic, messy bun.
The party went like a blast!! lots of laughter and chatter, cool jazz music and dancing, funny speeches and good food. The cleanup was fabulously easy. Our children are at the age where their friends are quite civilised now. I had to laugh; the following day, Craig said to me; "... and no one threw up so it was a good party" I was like "ohhh, we have such low expectations!"
*transl. "rellies" = relatives