August 11, 2011

Random update

Oops, that was another week... As you may be able to tell from my spotty posting, I'm still feeling a bit strung out and I'm still looking forward to a holiday (despite the unpleasant weather in just about all of Europe... and no, I won't be going to any kind of exotic location)

I've been working a lot this past week, I've made progress on E's jacket, written a possibly rather important letter and I've read a wonderful novel (I don't usually recommend non-sewing related books here, but I'll make an exception for this one), The Unicorn Road by Martin Davies. It's an historical novel about a voyage to China in the Middle Ages, but it's nothing like your average historical novel. I thought it was magical, despite the fact that I noticed some inaccuracies about the Chinese society at the time (like the absence of foot-binding). Normally, such thing put me off, but the writing here was just to good to be bothered by little things like historical fact.
But, that's enough off-topic chatter. I thought I would show you some of my recent and a lot less recent creations in a different outfit.
It's my re-fashioned silk blouse, tucked into my new shorts and topped with a linen jacket which I made before I even had this blog. I put this outfit together when I was playing around with my clothes, before I actually got dressed for the day. Unfortunately, it was cold and rainy outside so there was just no way I was going to walk out of the door with those bare legs.


  1. I'm not usually a fan of shorts, but you look ridiculously glamorous ... like stepped out of a fashion magazine glamorous.

  2. One of my grandmothers had bound feet. The other did not. The vast majority of women did NOT have bound feet. It was always overplayed in western stories to feed western exoticism.

  3. Thank you for the information, badmomgoodmom. I know that but one of the main characters is an upper class young woman during the Song dynasty and part of the story takes place at court... That's why I thought there should have been mention of the practise, and of court eunuchs as well, by the way.

    And AllisonMM: thanks! I'm still surprised and pleased with those shorts myself. Now, if only the weather would get better, so I could actually wear them...

  4. Thanks for the recommendation... sounds like a good read. It always interests me, reading about now-outdated societal norms in past times. We Europeans used to have the corset until quite recently. I sometimes wonder what in our particular range of self-beautifying tortures will come under the spotlight in years to come; sky high heels maybe?