Yesterday I blogged about my trip up to the Big Smoke for The Observer Ethical Awards, courtesy of the lovely people at Ecover, and promised more on the small issue of finding something suitably “ethical” to wear.
Well, here it is…
I had originally been told the dress code was “Smart Casual”, which I can just about manage.
But when the invite pinged it’s way into my Inbox, it said “Dress Up”.
I am not very good at “Dressing Up”. I don’t get out much. I was sent into something of a spin.
My options were obviously to Make something, Make Do with something I already had, or to find something secondhand.
Which is great, but I only really started to apply myself to the problem the day before I was due to go…
I decided a little late in the day, it would be really cool, and very “ethical” to wear something I had made, or upcycled from another item of clothing. So, obviously, I turned to Pinterest….
And I found this on Instructables (which is another BRILLIANT site with loads of instructions for doing stuff, as the name suggests…!)
A great tutorial for turning an old t-shirt into a dress. It looked quick and easy and pretty cool. I was going to give it a go…
1st problem-no old t-shirt-this was soon remedied by a dash around the charity shops
I managed to then scrabble around and find all the bits and pieces I needed to make it happen, and got on and made it happen.
It was really quite quick and easy to do, and by 11pm that night (!) it was done.
BUT I could tell by hubby’s face that it wasn’t that great. However, I was determined that it would be a really ‘ethical’ thing to wear to such an event, so I turned to the good people of the Twitter-sphere and Facebook-land and posted a picture to ask them their thoughts and retired to bed.
I woke up in the morning, having managed to convince myself overnight that the dress looked great….
I turned on the computer, to be told resoundingly, and quite conclusively, that it didn’t!
So with good grace, I accepted the people’s verdict and dashed off in a panic to nearby Frome to scour the Vintage and Secondhand shops, where I finally found something I liked and that looked slightly less like I was wearing someone else’s old XXL t-shirt upside down…
Thankyou if you commented-I was saved the embarrassment of wearing it in public.
I do now however have the embarrassment of nearly 1000 people having seen a really quite unflattering picture of me on Facebook. Which I have now compounded by ‘fessing up and showing everyone on here too…