Hubs and I are going to a wedding in a few days. That means I have to dress like a grown-up and look reasonably ‘nice’. I’m not good at looking like a girl: I spend most of my time in jeans and leggings, and my footwear of choice is Doctor Martens. I never whole-heartedly did the clothes/hair/nails thing, and I hardly ever wear jewellery or make-up. I read a statistic in The Times a few years ago that said women spend, in total, an average 603 days of their life applying make-up, and another 170 days removing it. Strikes me as a waste of time, frankly.
So the problem was that I had ‘nothing to wear’. I trailed round the town centre and didn’t like anything in the shops. In mild desperation I consulted our local Oxfam and found a couple of pleasant surprises: a Jasper Conran linen jacket in very pale blue-grey, and a patterned linen skirt – less than £9.00 for both, never worn, and they will do nicely. The trouble with looking like a girl, though, is that you can’t stop at the outfit. You then need handbag, accessories, jewellery – and it all turns into a bit of a headache. I had no handbag, and the charity shops had nothing suitable. There was nothing else for it, at short notice. I had to make one. Making bags, generally, makes me nervous. In fact, anything with a pattern gives me the jitters a little. I usually find that it doesn’t all fit together very well in the end. I made my own pattern for this, breathed occasionally, and it was fine.