I have been an introvert trying to dress herself like her idea of an extrovert, afraid that soft meant weak or boring or too young or old and frumpy. Soft can be very strong though. Soft may bend but not break. I have been making things in my wardrobe softer and more suited to me. Not wearing black does not mean only wearing pale colours. I am embracing brown and grey because I have always loved them best.
I began with boots and a handbag, but as is typical with me I didn't think to take before pictures of everything. I had a cognac coloured shoulder bag I loved for it's style and size and a pair of cognac boots I also loved but I was not enjoying or feeling right in cognac. So I dyed them both a deep, dark brown. I have always loved this colour despite the funny looks I get when I say so. It's a smelly and messy job, this leather dying and I never think to put gloves on so my hands have really been suffering. They are dry and cracked and a strange orange colour with brown stains under my nails. I look very dirty. I don't normally wear nail polish on my fingers but I might have to for awhile to look cleaner.
Dark brown boots and shoulder bag: This has always been a brown that I love. Seriously, it moves me like black does not. I get a little catch in my breath and my heart skips a beat over distressed dark brown leather. They still need a few touch ups perhaps but I rather like them looking imperfect. I think I will scuff up the toes a bit more.
This is a better image of what the tea-stained lace looks like. I took this photo while I was still working on sewing it. I hand stitched it, of course, but here it's just pinned.
I love these camel coloured boots for comfort and style but not the camel colour. It was too butterscotchy yellow for me so I got brave and dyed them a deep grey-blue colour.
After: I am pleased with the results. Still a bit 'distressed' looking but with grey tones now. I used a dye meant for suede and it took a lot of dye to do these boots.
A thrifted wool cloche needed a little bit of a repair. Someone must have tossed it in the wash and the flower had become felted and was a sort of lumpy ball that did not look much like a flower but mainly like, well, a lumpy ball of felted wool. It was glued on quite aggressively but I managed to cut it off without damaging it and then I spread out the pieces and folded and rearranged the 'petals' until it looked like a nice flower as I assume it did once before. I sewed a silver button in the centre and glued the new flower back on to the thick glue spot that was still there on the hat.
Speaking of flowers, I recently made a couple of purple silk flowers from a blouse that just wasn't working for me. Here I have the flower pinned to a tee shirt. The colours are not actually as bright as they look here but I can't get an accurate picture in the indoor lighting lately. The choices are too dark or too bright.
And then I made a pair of socks into some fingerless gloves. I would do a few things differently next time but mostly I like how these turned out. I do not have any chance at a career as a hand model. The sock was cut into two pieces and sewn together. I added decorative buttons which you can barely see but I'm not sure how I like the look of them.
The rounded toe caps I cut off looked like cute little hats for dolls but I don't know anyone with any dolls.
And speaking of troubles with the indoor/winter lighting, here is a somewhat dark picture of a trial outfit. There is no black here though nothing is pale. The colours are somewhat muted though the waterfall sweater is getting to be more jeweltone. This is a dramatic look for me and I would not wear the necklace or belt if I were just staying home. The main trial here is the waterfall cardigan. I love it in theory but am not certain about wearing it.