Just to start by finishing the last post…I eventually made the decision to do the Summer Show and not go to the Hafla. It is a dreadful shame, but it makes more sense this way. Hopefully I shall get the opportunity to go to another Hafla soon 🙂 And maybe I’ll even try to reunite Al Bahiyya for it…:P
Anyway, I wanted to share some photos for a change, rather than all the slightly dreary and ‘diary-esque’ posts of late! Starting off with an outfit I wore for BD the other week. I wasn’t planning on dressing up, but I had just finished my red underskirt for the Summer Show, and wanted to try it with the black skirt, then I just started adding stuff! I need to alter the top – it was safety pinned that night and did have a tendency to ride up Plus it was slightly warm for a two hour class…! Sorry about the slightly wonky, orange photo – I balanced my camera on my sewing machine, despite now having a tripod!
This outfit was what I wore when we went to the Penrhos Sports Dinner. I think the photo doesn’t really do it justice…but I liked it 🙂 Slightly retro looking, with the high waisted peg leg trousers, belted waist, long waistcoat and t-bar shoes. Certainly a mix of decades, but not exactly ‘modern’ in the sense of what you see in the shops. The trousers, Mum actually bought for herself, but they soon got handed to me to try 😛 I have to say they are quite tiny…probably not the best idea for going to a dinner, but hey! They look black here, but they actually have specks of red, blue and yellow in them. The waistcoat is one of my recent purchases that I have worn so much, and it’s really soft because it is made of silk 🙂 I should stop buying silk clothes…they are a pain to wash! Belt was Mum’s or Grandma’s; T-shirt used to be a dress, but I chopped the bottom off :P; shoes are charity shopped, black cardi from Internacionale; jewellery a mix of presents, bought and family things; and lastly the crocodile clutch is a vintage one of Mum’s 🙂
Another ‘vintage’ look! And another item that Mum bought for herself and I ended up with 😛 This time it was the skirt. She bought it from a charity shop in Beeston while we were at my cousin’s for her birthday. Again, the picture isn’t showing it off very well, but it is a woollen A-line 50s style skirt, which buttons all the way down the front. It has two huge pockets – always a selling point for me 😛 It is quite a difficult length to style, and would probably look best with low-ish heels, but I think the boots work equally well. The jumper is probably one of my all time favourite items at the moment! It is so comfy, and really warm. This also has silk in it…oops 😛 The jacket is one of my Sixth Form ones, and the necklace is one from Grandma.
I didn’t actually wear this out, but had the idea and wanted to try it! I am certainly going to wear it during the summer (if we get any decent weather!), and am likely to take it with me to Brunei. Mainly because it is actually a full length, reversible skirt…so versatile! Once again, it is silk…I think I have a problem 😛 Dad bought it for me during our holiday to North Wales last Summer, and I haven’t had much chance to wear it yet, mainly because the weather turned after we got back! The scarf is one I acquired at one of the clothes swaps.
Lastly, the outfit I wore to the International Gala last Friday Night! As you can probably guess, we were Belly Dancing 😛 I’ll post more about that, with photos, at a later date hopefully, but thought I would just share the outfit here 🙂 Basically…it is made up of about 14 scarves tied to a shoelace round my waist, a split black skirt (from Grandma’s costume trunk), a silver underskirt, a black crochet scarf, lots of flowers, lots of coin bracelets and necklaces, jewelled belts, and various charms. That is just the skirt! Top half – it is a backless jersey top, covered in sequins, that I rolled up to make a crop top and then got someone to tie extremely tightly so it didn’t come undone! Added to this I had various necklaces, bangles, bracelets, rings and dangly earrings! It moved really nicely when I danced…although it was diffiucult to go up stairs in 😛
“She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” ~Proverbs 31:22