Added Oct 5, 2010
London, United K...
A charming machine-knitted dress moved from the rack of a thrift store to catch dust on another rack, untouched for a couple of years. Never dared to wear it without risking a style ‘faux-pas’. Once on, the garment looked like a perfect nightgown for the Arctic Circle and trying to shift its hippy style for a neo-barbarian look proved a similarly stale effort. ‘Flower Power sucks’ said good old Frank Zappa. Still, it could have been the perfect attire for the summer solstice celebration at Stonehenge. Arctic-Circle, summer solstice… antipodal uselessness. Since the faire-isle motif and amount of material were its redeeming features, it was difficult to get rid of it. The repurposing ‘Roar&Ta’ challenge was the perfect incentive to DO (faire) something [for IRON (fer)’s sake!]. ‘To do’ and ‘iron’ are homonymous. How exhilarating to single-handedly cut into 2-ply knitted material! Just thrilling! The front and the back were fashioned in the bottom part of the dress. The collar yoke was transformed into cuffs and the initial sleeves were wide enough for pleated rows. As far as the ironing business is concerned, I wouldn’t say I made good use of my ‘Challenge’ turbo steamer (I don’t think the brand has a twitter account yet) purchased second-hand a while back. It is a really tatty one but that will do for now and so will spinach: plenty of iron there (or ‘fer’ if you have been attentive to my impromptu French lesson). I can’t resist dropping bad puns at times.
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