Friday, 7 August 2009
Books & Old Dresses
As I am going on holiday soon I have been deciding which books I will take with me to read - I love books & I love to read - always have & always will!
For a confirmed bookaholic like me one of my favourite sites besides Amazon & Persephone Books is "Read It Swap It" which is a simple but brilliant idea. It's like the old fashioned "swap shop" but online - for just the cost of postage you can swap books you have read for ones you want to read. You simply make a list of the books you are willing to swap, browse through the thousands of books that are on offer & if something catches your fancy ask to swap.
I have acquired a nice selection of books this way including the one above which I'll be packing into my suitcase.
"My Mother's Wedding Dress" by Justine Picardie is a book about what we wear & their effect upon us.
It reminds me of my friends Lizzie & Bettye, both of whom rescue, cherish & rehome lovely vintage clothing.
Of course I still have my wedding dress, but the oldest item that I still have is also a dress - one that I made to wear to my sister's 21st birthday way back in 1986.
I dyed all the fabric & then cut out all those little triangles & sewed them, layer upon layer on an underskirt.
When I look at it now I wonder about the fact that I once fitted into such a tiny dress & why do I keep it?
My mother has a suitcase full of clothing from the 60's & 70's with everything from minis & formal full length gowns to gold platform shoes!
Do you have any old clothes & what are they? Why do we keep them when we'll never wear them again (or fit into them!!).