Monday, March 23, 2009

New clothes with an old lady smell

Over the weekend I completed a really easy refashion on a stretchy charcoal grey skirt and a two-in-one black and white top (it looks like a shirt worn under a v-neck jumper). All I had to do was shorten the skirt from calf-length to knee-length, and re-sew the collar of the shirt so that it doesn't look all buttoned up, and suddenly I had a whole new outfit to wear to work. Hurrah! It looked good with black opaque tights and the black ankle boots with white stitching, if I may say so myself.

But both items had been stuck in the back of the boy's wardrobe for the last 12 months. And you know that stale smell that clothes get when you leave them in a forgotten corner of the house for too long? It's not that nice is it? It smells like old people. Well, that's how I smelled all day today.

So, as long as you were a reasonable distance away, you would have been well impressed by my schoolgirl-goes-corporate attire. But you might have gotten a different impression once you got close enough to get a whiff.

5 comments:

Claire said...

Oh dear that sounds like something I would do! I remember going back a few years ago when I brought a completely new outfit from the Great Universal sale. I think I wore them once, washed them, put them in the wardrobe and completely forgot about them until I came to redecorating the room and moving the warddrobe out the way to find behind it a skirt and blouse. Ruined wasn't the word and I can relate to the old person smell lol.

Angela said...

Well at least you didn't look like you were 102 years old.

Violet said...

Hi Claire, welcome! Yep, it's gotta mean something when you've got clothes you don't even remember having, but never seem to have anything to wear;-)

angela: it's so true :-)

donnasoowho said...

Camphor? I've noticed lots of stuff at my parents house smells like that. I've never actually seen any evidence of the silverfish but my mum insists on warding against them anyway.

I should get you to re-invigorate my wardrobe. I've just put a whole pile of stuff in a bag to.. get rid of cause I can't get the blurry things done up. Maybe you could sew and extra panel in them or something...

Violet said...

donnasoowho: nah I think it might actually be mustiness, which is probably worse than camphor.
Sure, I could re-fashion your wardrobe for you, but I couldn't guarantee the workmanship ;-)