My earliest memory is of a white linen two-piece, plain pants and a top smocked in blue thread. I remember this outfit because I managed to get some black tar on the pants. You could say that those pants are etched on my memory! Version 2 in this Simplicity pattern is similar to my white outfit and I used this pattern for my daughters and also to make presents for friends. I would buy offcuts of Viyella fabric, only one yard was needed, and a little time spent sewing the smocked yoke.
I made most of our daughters' clothes when they were small, dressing them much the same way that I had been dressed in Peter Pan collars and smocked fronts.
Here I'm at the Highland Games with big brother, wearing a Fair Isle cardigan and oh-so-tight pigtails! The tartan shoulder bag is my brand new acquisition.
It used to make economic sense to make your own clothes, ready-mades were expensive to buy. These days it's the other way about, a handmade dress, by the time you've bought the pattern, fabric, thread and buttons, never mind factoring in the time spent, can be a costly affair.
Of course, making something by hand is an act of love.
And the home-made dresses made my rascals look positively angelic!
Every month a couple of magazines come in the post, they rush me through the year because they are always a month ahead. Elle's April edition has arrived
and I note that Connie's outfit is very of the moment with plenty of dungarees featured,
I love the look of this M&S jumpsuit. A WHITE jumpsuit! Practical? Perhaps not.
(And I covet those shoes!)
I love a tomboy and an androgynous look, perhaps because when I wasn't wearing a smocked dress I would be outside climbing trees in my brother's outgrown jumpers and kilt!
Looks as though white shoes are in, folks!