Sorry for the delay, everyone---I’ve been having some trouble getting internet access. Usually I go to the library to make my posts, but I’ve been blocked off from getting there in the mornings by road construction. The roadwork looks like it may go on for a while, so my posts may be a little erratic, but I’ll put them up whenever I can!
Monday May 15
I wore my black smock dress, reviewed here. Monday was a day of unusual luck----I was walking to the library when I saw this lovely 1946 Singer 15-91 in a big heap of trash and furniture someone was throwing out. My friend helped me get it back to the apartment, where I gave it a good cleaning and smiled all day in astonishment over my rare good fortune. It’s going to need to be refurbished before it runs again---there are a few small parts that need to be replaced, a missing power cord and foot pedal, and the wiring is poor condition---but Mr Rat is confident we can fix it all ourselves, with the help of the Singer 15-91 manual we printed off the internet and a sewing machine repair book I got for my birthday last year. We’re both excited to order the parts and start repairs. I didn’t think I’d ever be able to find such a lovely machine, much less for free! I’m sure we’ll be posting about the repair process, so stay tuned.
Tuesday May 16
I wore my brown cotton blouse, one of my black Simplicity 7880 skirts, and a brown jade and citrine necklace Mr Rat made me as a gift two Christmases ago.
Wednesday May 17
I wore one of my favorite white blouses, my long brown skirt, and a long rose quartz and silver bead necklace I made earlier this month. My Indian wool shawl is a thrifted find.
Thursday May 18
Thursday was a hard day, and although I started the day in a home-made dress, by afternoon it was hot and I was tired and weary so I changed into one of my favorite thrifted white shirts and a home-made skirt, and by evening it was cold, so I put on a vintage sweater. It wasn’t my best outfit for keeping with my pledge of only home-made this month, but some days are difficult like that.
Friday May 19
I wore my cream cotton and lace pullover dress. We had a picnic at the park---Gia’s attitude towards picnics is “why can’t I have that?” every time we pull something out of the basket. She got plenty of snacks and treats, so don’t believe her attitude of sadness in this photo.
Saturday May 20
We had a marathon afternoon of babysitting for a friend, and by the time we got home in the evening I just wanted to change out of the homemade blouse and skirt I was wearing into my most comfortable homemade dress.
Mr Rat wore one of his Hawaiian shirts. He wore more of his homemade clothes throughout the week, keeping up with his pledge, but we missed photographing them.
Sunday May 21
I wore my new rayon blouse (I’ll post a review in my next post), my long black skirt, and my homemade tiger-eye necklace.
Mr and Mrs Rat
Mr and Mrs Rat like to sew