Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Handmade Holiday

I've just returned from a short but intense week-long holiday to Belgium and France, during which I set myself a challenge to wear at least one handmade or refashioned item everyday. 
Day 1 - London to Brussels (by Eurostar, so glamourous)
Sunglasses - op-shop
Faux leather jacket - Primark
Vintage silk scarf - Wimbledon car boot
Refashioned grey dress - op-shop (originally handmade by someone else too!)
Vintage canvas bag - op-shop
Vintage Coca Cola duffel bag - op-shop
Tights - 60 denier Pretty Polly black tights from Sainsburys
Shoes - Black school plimsolls from Bata, Singapore
Day 2 - Brussels to Bruges (taken at the Atomium)
Sunglasses - op-shop
Red silk blouse - op-shop
Rust brown corduroy shorts - Handmade (finished the day before I left, and yet to be blogged, but pretty much the same pattern as these shorts, except with slanted pockets)
Canvas bag - op-shop
Day 3 - Bruges (excuse the fluffy post-wash no hairdryer/comb hair)
Sunglasses - op-shop (same again...)
Refashioned gingham dress - op-shop (also finished just before I left so as yet unblogged)
Pasty white legs and bruised knees - all mine, baby, all mine. They have seen no sun for about 5 years. Nice
Canvas bag - op-shop (it converts into a backpack too!)
Black trainers - 10 euro purchase from a random shop in Brussels because my plimsolls were hurting me. 
Day 4 - Bruges to Lille (sweating it out in front of the Frietmuseum, which we did not visit)
Sunglasses - op-shop
Blue cotton shirt - stall in Bangkok night market
Yellow shorts - handmade
Canvas bag - op-shop
Day 5 - Lille (much cooler weather so the legs went back into hiding)
Sunglasses - just kidding, didn't bring them along today!
Faux leather jacket - Primark 
Blue cotton shirt - Bangkok night market stall
Green rayon blouse - handmade 
Rust-brown corduroy shorts - handmade and as yet unblogged
Black tights - Sainsbury's Pretty Polly
Pink socks - Bangkok night market 2nd hand stall
Black trainers - 10 euro purchase from a random shop in Brussels (these were my first purchase in Belgium)
Day 6 - Lille to Calais (with special guest star Peter Falk aka Columbo)
Sunglasses - same old, same old
Faux leather jacket - Primark
Red gingham dress - Refashioned vintage dress, found in op-shop
Canvas bag - op-shop
Red belt - vintage, MVE
Black tights - Sainsburys
Shoes - random shop in Brussels
Day 7 - Calais then back to Blighty
Sunglasses - same as above
Blue cotton shirt - 2nd hand stall at Bangkok night market
Red silk blouse - op-shop
Yellow cotton shorts - handmade
Black tights - Sainsburys
Pink socks - Bangkok night market stall
Black trainers - random Brussels shoe shop

Whew! A whole week of mostly handmade, remade, vintage and secondhand! I try to pack as lightly as possible for trips, hence the constant repetition of several pieces, but I'm happy to report that my handmade items held up brilliantly throughout a very active week. 

More photos of the trip to come soon...

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