Saturday, 26 March 2011

Chore filled Saturday

Well today was mostly beautiful here, I thought this weekend was going to be dull and chilly but here at least we had warm sunshine right up to about 1/2 hr ago, so now I'm indoors with the windows all shut again!

But today being warm and sunny certainly made me get on with some stuff I've been meaning to for ages. What is it with small jobs that we just put them off again and again?!!

Thanks to all those who recommended good stain removers for vintage clothes. I did a couple of those things today. I have a nice grey dress that I'll be back into in no time as it's definately on the larger side, but it had stains near the hem, they have nearly gone now, so I guess one more treatment and it'll be as good as new yay!

Here is just the neckline as the dress is drying and unironed but I think you'll get the drift!

Next up was a jacket with a story. Here is a pic.

It's a beautiful 1950's gabardine, reversable jacket, just the business, here's the cute label inside too.

Don't you just love, weather wise outdoor miss!! Anyway I first saw a jacket exactly like this when on holiday in the US but it was $400 and I didn't have that. Then a friend rang who was at Hemsby Rock'n'Roll Weekend to say, you know that jacket you loved in the US there is one here and it's £80 and your size so she bought it for me. I loved that jacket more than you can know. Then one day whilst wearing it I came upon a terrible car accident. As someone who has been in a terrible car accident I stopped to help and do what I could. It didn't even occur to me that I was wearing a rare WHITE gab jacket, a guy was trapped in the car and whilst we waited for the fire brigade I held his head as his head was badly cut and he kept wanting to rest it on the door.

Of course I don't regret helping at all I would do it again in a shot, but I did stain my beautiful jacket with blood. Now as we all know, blood is terrible to get out. The jacket was effectively ruined so I thought well I'm not going to lose anything by washing it on a gentle wash. It actually got quite a lot of the blood out  there are still faint stains, I can't expect mirables BUT the red lining seeped into the white gab aaaargh! So today I washed it with colour stain remover. Actually in the pics it looks far better than it actually is in real life. The white is much pinker :o( Even after :o(  I'm actually waiting for it to dry and then see what it looks like.

So we'll see what happens, I would LOVE my jacket to be wearable again, the cuffs need mending as you can see but I'm not going to do that until I know I can wear it again!

Oh by the way yesterday it was so lovely I got to wear my new Miss L Fire sandals, loved them!

I also did some cat proofing of the front garden, don't ask!

So this evening, I get a treat of 1/2 bottle of wine, oh yes the weekly 1/2 bottle of wine on weight watchers, I'm sticking with it people!!


delia hornbook said...

aahhh bless you what a story attached to your lovely jacket, and is it lovely its gorgeous infact i hope you are able to wear it again. It really has been lovely again today and the temperature dropped the same time here as with you. It really does make you want to get out and do things. I love your shoes hip hip hooray for the good weather i have so many lovely dresses i can bring out to ;-) Enjoy your wine tonight my friend Vicky is doing the same as you she buys those little weight watchers bottles. dee x

Charlotte said...

Ooh thanks for introducing me to Miss L Fire shoes - I've never seen them before! They're a wee bit on the pricey side for me but they are most fabulous - I'll be keeping them in mind for when I can justify another shoe purchase.

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage

iLiveinmyLab said...

Oh dear I hope you can save the jacket! It's lovely! Your Miss L Fires look amazing as well!

Tara said...

Those shoes are GORGEOUS, Fiona! I saw those on Holly's blog (Temperamental Broad) and of course, on your last shoe post. I want them so bad! Actually, I want a few Miss L Fire styles! I just wish they were less pricey! They do look worth it though! Swooooooooon!

I hope your are able to save that darling jacket! Enjoy your wine! I plan to do the same tonight! They are actually calling for a wee bit of snow overnight so I am going to get cosy and enjoy the weekend!

DearHelenHartman said...

The jacket is so special, hope it can be salvaged. The shoes are too cute.

1950's_atomic_ranch_house said...

awww so kind you helped that man, but yes, hope you can save the jacket!

I suppose if I were handy with a sewing machine, I'd make up a pattern and sew myself a new jacket, if the old one couldn't be saved. Sew the old tag in, use the old buttons or whatnot, and have something as close as possible!

La Dama said...

what a beutiful heroic story,bless you amor.
hope you can safe that cool looking jacket.
you are rocking those cute Miss L. Fire shoes.

Coedith said...

I love clothing with a story.
Good for you for sticking with WW, I gave up wine and am missing it terrible.
Those shoes are amazing. I am thinking of promising myself a pair as an incentive to lose weight.

Vintage Vixen said...

What a story! That jacket is fabulous. Could you possibly dye it?
Enjoy your half bottle of wine. I wish I'd been as restrained last

Dolly Cool Clare said...

What a facinating story. I hope that you will find another jacket the same in a charity shop for £5 to repay your good deed! Good Karma and all that!
Don't get me started on cat repellent.....we had such problems with that last year that we actually re-landscaped our entire back garden from pea shingle to slate to stop it as nothing else worked!!

Annie xx TheFeltFairy said...

Cat proofing! Don't bloody go there! ;-D

Those shoes are lucious!

The Vintage Housewife... said...

What a story...what a wonderful deed you did...oh my gosh...those shoes are to die for!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! envy envy!

Living Vintage said...

You are a fabulous lady what a hero. Love the jacket and the label hopefully the gods will smile on your good deed and the jacket will be saved or replaced. Those L fire shoes are so adorable I would love a pair but I have wide feed and am always having bad luck with internet shoe buying.

Kally said...

If the stains don't come out, you could try dyeing it a pastel colour or beige shade - it'd hide any faint stains and still look period appropriate. I'm sure one day the vintage universe will reward you for your good deed though ;)

I'm still in love with those shoes.

Jennie DeSoto said...

Awww, hope you can wear the jacket again. Those wedgies are to cute!

Eartha Kitsch said...

Oh my gosh, those shoes! With rick-rack! Oh my gosh! I kind of wish that I'd never gone to look at that Miss L Fire shoe collection. Glorious!

Please tell me that the rick-rack ones are a past season so I won't obsess over them.

Eartha Kitsch said...

..oh no, I don't think that they ARE a past season. Must not obsess..must not obsess... :)

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