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Les Parisiennes des Mamansnet: JesusFlo Superstar in a Back Lit Kaftan (Toyboy Not Included)

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botemp · 21/02/2023 16:16

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botemp · 08/06/2023 10:51

I see it's pick on Bo day, today 😑 remember what happened las time you triggered me with your young upstart rethoric Flo...

I don't think the Kensington Palace exhibit is all that Royal, no, I think the focus was couture. Museums and exhibition venues have just figured out that fashion exhibits draw big crowds and fashion houses seem quite happy to let them borrow from their archives. I went to a rather disappointing fashion exhibition in Rotterdam the other week, which has me thinking they are past their peak but the Chanel popularity suggests otherwise. I saw that Chanel exhibition previously in Paris, it was interesting but I'm not sure it's worthy of waiting online for tickets and fighting for tickets. But the whole Vermeer exhibit was also madness.

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Floisme · 08/06/2023 11:30

Who else is picking on you bo, shall I come and sort them out?
Don't worry, I've no time for fighting today as I'm off to the shops with my husband, which I understand means I'm some kind of sister wife.

botemp · 08/06/2023 11:40

Just you Flo, so far today anyhow, it was more a general S&B commentary that it feels like out of nowhere everyone zones in on someone or something over fuck all. How long before someone coins this the offence economy or something dumb like that.

I do admit to thinking that some shopping husbands are weird as fuck. The ones who seem more into the clothes than the person wearing it do get far more of a raised eyebrow from me than the husband sitting in the corner watching the GP on his phone with the volume set to maximum 🧐

But it would make sense you're a Mormon now, with the toyboy and all. Hope the white magical undies are comfy.

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CertainUncertain · 08/06/2023 12:29

Floisme · 08/06/2023 11:30

Who else is picking on you bo, shall I come and sort them out?
Don't worry, I've no time for fighting today as I'm off to the shops with my husband, which I understand means I'm some kind of sister wife.

Goodness, I do hope you're not off to Seasalt with him 😂(reference to another thread running at the moment). I have to confess, I'd never looked at the brand before, but just had a nose around the website. Not my thing, but I'm having a hard time understanding why people are getting quite so heated over it, in both directions.

Also waiting impatiently for Phoebe Philo to produce something before I'm in the care home (wearing Seasalt, no doubt).

Floisme · 08/06/2023 16:31

No, just the local market CertainUncertain, bought some fabric and had a pie. Top OAP day out Wink

RhadamanthNemes · 09/06/2023 01:22

Floisme · 08/06/2023 11:30

Who else is picking on you bo, shall I come and sort them out?
Don't worry, I've no time for fighting today as I'm off to the shops with my husband, which I understand means I'm some kind of sister wife.

I always see you as a 'sister wife' @@Floisme.

You are In Thrall!

banivani · 09/06/2023 12:26

Mes amies, I haven't been keeping up but idly reading mumsnet threads when the fancy has caught me and thus noticed Flo trying to fight the good fight on certain threads. Considered wading in but was a bit late, think they've died. For the Cause I might have to be more active?

You are currently all too fashion-forward for me - I think a lot about clothes but am definitely more Seasalt territory due to budget, weight and other necessities. Sadly. Will share with you what my son said to me the other day - he asked if I was coming to his end-of-school thing, and I said yes, and he said "don't wear those clothes you wear to work". So that's me currently Grin told off by a teenager who wears nothing but black hoodies!

quirkychick · 09/06/2023 13:55

Bonjour Pariennes from me too. I have been reading the odd thread too, bani, but need to catch up properly. I have a friend who works in our local Seasalt branch. My teenage dd, seems to be eyeing up my clothes regularly, but also mostly wears joggers and hoodies!

botemp · 09/06/2023 15:24

Good to see you both back here, how's your fighting the good fight going, quirky, any movement on the tribunal?

And, Bani, you're more fashion forward than all of us in having birthed a sneering fashionista or maybe just a teenager. I hope you show up in a black hoodie for his end-of-school thing, just a black hoodie 😉

I am woefully behind though, the previously unseasonly cold weather had lulled me into the idea it would be a shit summer and now it's near tropical, if it lasts beyond Tuesday it'll probably be the first heatwave here 🥵 I had a quick mad run through the shops last night only to discover that all the nice but kinda expensive for what it is dresses at &Other Stories I liked are literally just tubes of straight fabric and a bit of elastic. This is probably why I struggle with spending on summer clothes as the simple stuff just looks the best but there's hardly anything in it and usually made so-so fabrics. I've been eyeing the t-shirt dresses at The Row but I don't want to pay that money either, I mean, how special can they be? I tried a similar dress on at Arket and it was far too fitted and neat. But when switching out my wardrobe I discovered a lot of the jersey dresses had stretched out somehow and all look a bit shit so I do probably need some more easy wash dresses that don't require ironing when it's hot for days on end.

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botemp · 09/06/2023 15:29

Oh, and one day of carrying a leather bag around in the heat has me looking at super overpriced raffia bags again. Agh.

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banivani · 09/06/2023 17:09

Since I’m not a member of the bag carrying tribe I’ve been on the hunt for midi skirts with pockets for a phone. Are there any? Are there fuck. Considering African wax print skirts from Etsy. At least they’re made for humans.

I like raffia bags though but I don’t really think they last so imo not something worth being dear.

banivani · 09/06/2023 17:53

Oh I’d forgotten about Kemi Telford, good shout! I’m still dithering a lot and thinking that surely I could knock up a skirt myself so before you know it summer will be over and the problem will have solved itself;)

botemp · 09/06/2023 18:05

I'm like this with summer dresses Bani, but now that the summer is here I think it's probably too late to start sewing. I have made a sizeable dent in my mending pile, though, which has wetted the appetite to make something else.

I did just dig up a toile dress from last year, made out of some old Ikea curtains (the semi-sheer ones with a sort of branches pattern if anyone else picked those up in the sale and had them sitting around uselessly for years too) that is surprisingly nice for a toile, I could just wear that 🙈

This is quite a nice looking skirt too, last place I'd have anticipated a collab with London College of Fashion but it looks nice enough. Although the reviews would probably put me off.

Khari Abstract Print Midi Skirt Pink | Skirts | Monsoon UK.

Shop the Khari Abstract Print Midi Skirt Pink from the Skirts collection at Monsoon UK.

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Floisme · 09/06/2023 19:14

Yeah I toyed for ages with sending for this Merchant and Mills skirt pattern. But then I found a Toast skirt that's gathered and a nice top-of-the-ankle length with pockets....Admittedly it's also striped like a deckchair but I don't see that as a bad thing. Not necessarily. So I never bothered making my own.

In the meantime Merchant and Mills have put out a new pattern that does look quite straightforward. You're both right though, it's too late for me now, it's summer this weekend. Besides in my head I've already moved on to black pinstripe trousers, baggy fit, Charlie Chaplin kind of thing. I've been through all my cupboards today and I cannot believe I haven't kept a pair from some previous life.

Good to see you bani!

banivani · 09/06/2023 21:06

Thank you Flo 😘 I like the first pattern better than the second which looks a bit gathered rectangles which surely barely needs patterning? Oh oh oh I forgot- I SEWED A THING! I actually made myself a top from a linen scrap I had, based on this pattern from Muna & Broad. I just traced off a boxy t-shirt because I was itching to try and make something. It turned out fine but frankly I don’t love the colour so haven’t worn it yet but I may give it an outing soon I think and try out the style.

Bo, same same for dresses but I’ve given up hope a bit there. I’m really not keen to order things for £££€€€€ that I’m not sure fit me but there we are, the options in Sweden are dire. I like the Monsoon skirt! I’d definitely try it on in a shop. Although personally if I was taking pictures for sales purposes I wouldn’t highlight the lack of pattern matching as though it were a feature ;)

Torrens Box Top Sewing Pattern PDF

The Torrens Box Top [pronounced like Tor-rens] is an easy-to-wear everyday staple with clean, architectural lines. It is designed to be very loose fitting with a boxy silhouette and hits at the hip. It features a neck facing, a unique sleeve band appli...

quirkychick · 10/06/2023 09:50

We've only just got warm weather here (now jumped from winter to summer!). I'm trying to remember what I wear in the hot weather.

bo thanks for asking, the Education Authority have conceded after I handed in the paperwork for our case, so we didn't end up going to tribunal. Dd2 has just started her Sensory Integration Therapy now - finally.

I like the idea of raffia bags, but don't really use them, I mostly stick to crossbody bags as they're practical for me. I have seen some braided leather bags, that look like they could be more durable.

botemp · 10/06/2023 11:58

That's great to hear she's getting the therapy she needs, quirky, and that you're spared having to go through the whole tribunal procedure. Shame they made it so difficult for you in the first place.

I have similar hot weather amnesia, it doesn't help that I just shoved my summer stuff on shelves when I switched it out, thinking I'll iron things when I need them. Just somewhat caught out by the hot weather happening alongside a million other things that need to get sorted. Also, I don't think I've lost weight but my body seems to be different, if that makes sense. I seem to have excess fabric on my back, like the whole of it so I'm gaping at the waist and around bra level but sizing down probably wouldn't work because everything does fit properly at the front Confused

Hmm, yeah, Flo, that second pattern looks suspiciously like a rectangle with an elastic waist. It's giving me the false illusion that I can rustle up some skirts in no time 🤔 I am very enamoured with the patchwork/quilt style treatment atm, Loewe has some in all shades of white and different types of Broderie Anglaise so it's more tonal with textural contrast. But I'm under the impression that it's difficult, or at least finicky, to do that well. I suspect I might also need an overlocker for the edges.

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quirkychick · 10/06/2023 15:24

bo, I think I've changed similarly - I several viruses (possibly Covid, but the lateral flows said no) at the start of the year, so started trying to up my exercise. I think I've toned up/changed shape but not size.

MmePoppySeedDefage · 10/06/2023 23:19

I've been on a bit of a diet, and have lost 2.5 kg, which means that I feel happier about some of my work clothes, but it means that my favourite linen/cotton summer casual skirt with bold pink and green brush strokes on white, is too big and slips down. Not good.

None of my previously too-small skirts are quite a replacement so I'm in the market for a fun casual thin summer skirt in cotton and/or linen. I already have a denim skirt so want some thing with a bright pattern for a sunny day. I don't want to spend a lot as it's only for kicking around in and won't get worn a lot. I am not bothered about being particularly chic: I want colour. It's very difficult to find anything. So many of the things are plain, in dull colours, and worst of all, in polyester. The worst fabric for sunshine I think. The search continues...

CrkdLttrCrkdLttr · 11/06/2023 00:12

Apologies for not knowing your budgetary parameters, @MmePoppySeedDefage - but I’m slightly obsessed with skirts at the moment, so …

This one is admittedly a mixture of linen and viscose, but it’s not quiet.

This you could probably make, but there’s the nowness of the thing.

And the Bimba y Lola stripes probably aren’t what you meant by colourful, but it is bright.

Les Parisiennes des Mamansnet: JesusFlo Superstar in a Back Lit Kaftan (Toyboy Not Included)
MmePoppySeedDefage · 11/06/2023 11:07

Thanks Crkd, those are both very much what I'm after. If the Bimba & Lola one came in any colour but blue I'd be up for it. I have a lot of blue and turquoise in my summer wardrobe, so don't want any more. Boden has a couple of two-colour mini skirts that look like they might fit the bill, but unless current Boden has changed, the quality and fit will be a disappointment in the flesh, so I'm not sure it's even worth ordering them.

MmePoppySeedDefage · 11/06/2023 15:15

After a lot of research I've ordered this:

And this:

I will have a skirt-off! I'm pretty sure I'll end up with the MaxMara, but you never know.

NatashaDancing · 12/06/2023 03:01

MmePoppySeedDefage · 11/06/2023 15:15

After a lot of research I've ordered this:

And this:

I will have a skirt-off! I'm pretty sure I'll end up with the MaxMara, but you never know.

I think the Seasalt one on the basis of the website is the nicer. It looks crisper and it's a better shape. The button fastening is a nice touch.

Are you however at least 83 and have you ever been a primary school teacher? (If you haven't read the Seasalt is for aged frumps thread you'll think I'm mad)

botemp · 12/06/2023 06:36

FFS, this place sometimes, it's all fine and dandy on here if you want to look like a Scandi Architect, a baguette wielding Parisian, or rich when you're not but heaven forfend you might look like the people shaping the minds of tomorrow on limited resources and shit pay 🙄

Fwiw I prefer the simplicity of the Max Mara but here's hoping either one is the one, Poppy, to spare you another round of internet sleuthing and post office trips.

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