I really can't explain why, but for the past few months, I've had peacocks on the brain! Now I have absolutely no desire to add those screeching birds to the homestead. Have you ever heard them in real life? Very loud. And honestly, the geese have no problem filling the noise quota around here. But something about that color blue draws me in . . . it's just settled into my subconscious.
This fabulous Lands' End sweater was on sale over Christmas. So I swiped it up without a second thought and made the gold satin skirt to match. The skirt made it's debut last weekend and seems to be a good addition to my closet. Who would have thunk it? And the sweater is eye-catching but still practical enough to be worn often.
Then I had this old black felt hat laying around from one of my thrift store trips. What could be better than a peacock hat?! I trimmed it with the leftover gold satin and an old coat button. More details here at Hometown Victory Girls on the construction process. And of course one afternoon of surfing etsy resulted in a fab silk purse from American Purse Supplies. I promise you I was not intentionally searching for a peacock purse! But I ordered the kit (highly recommended if you're in the market for such an item - easy to follow directions and quality materials) and voila, a perfect clutch!
Still in the planning stages is a peacock blue dress. Seeing as I have a hat and purse, I might as well make it all worth while, don't you think?! I bought 5 yards of this slubbed satin for a 1950s dress. So just use your imagination and picture 3/4 length sleeves, fitted bodice, a full skirt . . . or maybe a pencil skirt, I'm not sure yet. I'd love to make one of those styles that has a short, detachable train or peplum off the back, but if it's too formal, I'll never have a chance to wear it. The pin-up in me wants to just go for it and (as usual) fabricate an excuse to wear it. But the practical farm girl in me is cautioning towards a more sensible knee-length dress that could be worn to church.
Target!! Picture these beauties covered in manure . . .still worth it.
Ah well, if I think about it, last summer I couldn't get enough of pink and aqua. Dresses, purses, shoes; I rounded out that color combination pretty quickly. This summer it appears that peacock blue is the obsession of choice. I am planning to make a peacock-inspired apron for my September Apron Challenge, but you'll have to wait until then to find out the significance.
So what's your latest obsession? Do share!