Not long now until the Vintage Nostalgia Show! That’s a fab weekend event in the Wylye valley. I am very excited. We went for the first time last year, on a bit of a whim, and had such a great time that I bought tickets for 2014 as soon as they went on sale. This year I’m making a bit more effort with my outfits, but not too much - I don’t want to put pressure on myself and kill the joy of it all. Last year people dressed in a mixture of styles, from authentic vintage to modern outfits, so being picture-perfect isn’t a necessity anyhow.
(Incidentally, while I will have good photos taken by Mr Robot to put up here after the event, I will also be popping up images on Instagram, data connection permitting, while things are happening. I’m mim_crinolinerobot on Instagram, if you fancy a look.)
One of the things I’m thinking of wearing this year is this skirt. I love the print. The skirt is actually a modern one, bought from Oasis a couple of years ago... and therein lies the problem. The fabric is fantastic, but it’s too short for a proper vintage look, being a little above my knee. This leaves me with a choice: wear it as it is, or try to lengthen it. But how do you lengthen a skirt?
My ideas for lengthening
1: As the print includes a grey lace pattern, I could put some grey lace round the bottom. I like this idea because it’s quick, easy and won’t involve damaging the skirt. I’m not sure how easy it will be to find lace stiff enough to work with the skirt, though, and deep lace would prove costly.
2: Put a band of fabric in a different colour round the bottom. I’m not sure about this idea; it’s non-destructive, but it risks looking like an obvious fix-up. Perhaps two bands, one of yellow and one of green, might work.
3: Carefully cut a strip from the bottom of the skirt, and insert a band of fabric between it and the main part of the skirt. On the plus side, this might look more unified than adding a band to the bottom. However, I have no sewing machine so it’d be all done by hand, and I’m terrified of muffing it up.
I’ve been looking for the same style of skirt on eBay as the best option would be a combination of ideas 2 and 3, to put a band of contrast colour, then a chunk of the same fabric cut from the second skirt, so a lot of the added length would be a perfect match for the original, but so far I’ve been unable to find one.
What would you do?