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Saturday Shopping (sort of)
Sunday, 23 January 2011 / 11:00

Charity shop browsing yesterday. I didn't end up buying anything, but here's what I tried on:

- Two calf-length pleated wool skirts, one plain grey, one grey plaid. They fit, but the length seemed a bit too matronly on me, especially with the cardi/sweater combination I had on. I'm having second thoughts, though. The plain one paired with heels and a long, slouchy sweater could work, especially with the right accessories.
 Excuse the roughness of this sketch. I think I drew the skirt with more flare than it has, but it gets the basic idea across. Maybe I'll go back to the shop and give it another try; at £3, it would be a pretty good deal if I could make it work. ETA: unfortunately, it had some small marks that didn't look like they would be removable. I'm glad I went back to try it because I know that length looks okay on me now.

- An ankle-length sack coat by Hobbs, wool/cashmere/angora blend, charcoal grey. It was gorgeous; unfortunately, I was swamped by it, and there are limits to how much fabric a tailor can take in. My hunt for an elegant 1950s-style sack coat continues.


Blogger Lady Cardigan said on 24 January 2011 at 19:13  

Wow, you draw very well! Wish I could do that. I especially like the second outfit. Sorry the skirt wasn't in good condition, but with prices like that you'll be able to try different things without wasting a lot of money.

Blogger En Bouton said on 25 January 2011 at 20:00  

Thank you very much! I love to draw, and I'm always trying to improve.

I agree, at those prices it's much more affordable to experiment a bit, and every so often a gem turns up. I have charity-shop finds that have lasted me for years.

Blogger Elle said on 2 February 2011 at 20:34  

You are SO TALENTED. I wish I knew how to draw... :) Too bad about the skirt and its condition, at least you noticed it before taking it home (as I would've done).

Blogger Elle said on 2 February 2011 at 20:39  

p.s. do you ever accept requests for custom drawings? If you do, how much do you charge? If you don't want money I have clothes and favors I can barter? I'd totally understand if you don't have time, just thought I'd ask. Thanks!

Blogger En Bouton said on 2 February 2011 at 22:50  

@Elle - Wow, thank you! I'm flattered that you would even think of requesting work from me. I'm no professional artist - I'm currently trying to get into art school, in fact - and I haven't taken any commissions before, but I would be more than happy to draw something for you. If you'd like to email me (frankincensy [at] gmail [dot] com) about what you have in mind, we could work something out. :)

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