I’ve done it. 1 metre of Frida Kahlo material bought from my new favourite shop – ‘FloJo’s’ on The Gloucester Road.
Now the fabric on sale at ‘FloJo’s’ may be ( and I don’t think I’m doing my usual exaggeration trick here) three times the price of fabric sold by my ‘bit of rough’ (otherwise known as ‘Fabricland‘). BUT after having scoured the internet and all other material shops I must accept that if you want a particular design (for example ‘Frida’s Garden’ – a fittingly quirky homage to the artist who seemed to wear most of it on her head. She wore her garden. I’ll wear Frida .) then you have to pay for it. You can easily pick up cheap polka dots, plain cotton, lightweight gingham… but Frida Kahlo,
and any other fabric that I truly love cannot be found (at least not by me) for £3.69 per metre. ‘Fabricland‘ has much to answer for.
And so, I was persuaded (by myself…) to part with the princely sum of £14 for a metre of fabric.
And guess which Frid-astic material I bought? The one where Frida looks piggy? No. The one adorned with skeletons? No. ( Skeleton material is less appealing the older one becomes…)
I did in fact go for this beautiful ‘bad girl’ (to use the ‘lingo’ of my grown up children . What can I say? Sorry?) –
One major decision made (it only took me two months of Frida induced procrastination…), now –
To make or not to make a Frida Kahlo summer pencil skirt?
-that became the self-doubt laden question…
Why? I’d bought the material after all. Well. there’s a column in the Saturday Times by Laura Craik where she poses the question ‘Am I too old for…?’
I know that I am too old to wear Frida in all seriousness. And as I’ve mentioned in a different post, I’m certainly too old to go for the Day of the Dead Frida fabrics covered as they are in skulls and skeletons. (I know I go on about this but it is an issue for the older woman). However, I think I can just about emit a whiff of tongue-in-cheekiness wearing ‘Frida’s Garden’ and have fun doing so. Sadly too old to be a style goddess. Fortunately too young to look care-in-the-community. So, I’d better wear Frida while people can still laugh with me rather than at me.
Might not have long so let me introduce ‘The Frida’ –
Hmm! Hard to imagine that the column that is this seemingly shapeless skirt will come to life when material meets body tomorrow,,, for better or worse…
Will it be a Black Frida-y?
Let me present to you ‘Black Frida’! Ta da ( imagine drum roll).
One Frida skirt worn with my polka dot top with the Peter Pan collar.
Will find a more appropriate top later! I’m thinking perhaps ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ meets ‘Frida’s Garden’. Now wouldn’t that be just so very swashbucklingly floral?! (easier to write than to say)
These , admittedly, aren’t the best of photos but it’s an achievement that we have any at all as I had to call Gabriel back as he was rushing off to work so that he could take them. High pressure getting photos up for Frock Friday…