A Year of “Re”: Reclaim the Roaring ’20s
We are at the halfway point of this Year of “Re” and it’s time to “reclaim” something. So far, I have “reinvented” a linen jumpsuit and scarf, I have “remade” a white broderie anglaise blouse, “repurposed” a couple of Turkish towels, “reimagined” art as garment, and “rehabilitated” a pile of Japanese indigo scraps. It’s been fun and illuminating to take existing pieces and “re” them into something new and different.
My prompt cards have been helpful as I begin each project. Each month I have picked the card first and let it inspire the project. This time, though, I had a project in mind and chose the card that seemed to capture the idea. While the card didn’t spark the idea, it did keep me focused as I was making decisions along the way.
A themed wedding
The invitation to my nephew’s wedding was the starting point for this month’s “Re” adventure. Attire for the event wasn’t going to be as easy as making a nice linen shift, as the bride and groom had decided to have a theme for the occasion. Guests were encouraged to dress in the style of the current Netflix British drama series, Peaky Blinders. If you, like me, are unaware of this program (I had to Google it), it is the story of gangs in Birmingham, England, during the 1920s.
I was confused about the appropriateness of a gangland story as a wedding theme, but apparently it was the costume period that was the inspiration for the theme—not the subject matter. (Whew!)
As I had already been “Googling,” I continued my…