I must post more clothing hints on this blog. My good friend Pat the Midwife (can she sew it? yes she can!) came to Lichfield on Sunday and went with me to the cathedral and then stayed for lunch afterwards. And she totally brilliantly and fabulously gave me a pair of pale pink jeans as a leaving present. This is all within The Rules. I say that confidently, because I made The Rules up myself. The Rules simply state that I may not buy myself any new clothes or accessories during 2012.
As it happens, I already have a pair of wide-legged pale pink jeans. In fact, Pat altered them for me because they were too baggy round the waist. This is the jeans curse for hour-glassy gals. They never fit round the waist if they are snug round the hips. So she altered them for me and now they are perfect. Clearly she retained some dim memory of this, and perhaps recalled in the M & S pastel jeans section--panicky and overwhelmed by choice--that I like pale pink. I do. But I rather wanted another colour this time. So I went to M & S in Sutton Coldfield and exchanged them for a lilac pair.
Pat will not be offended, I know, because she left the receipt in the bag on purpose. In any case, she bought me size 12 long, thinking I'm tall and therefore need long jeans. Not so. I have a long back and long neck. That's why I'm tall. I don't have long legs. I would prefer to have long legs, obviously, but I was not consulted, and the long legs went to my sister Ruth instead. She, however, does not have a neck. (A comment made light-heartedly some 30 years ago by my father, and which my sister has never forgotten.)
I should probably mention that these are not jeans proper. They are 'jeggings' ( a hybrid jeans-leggings thing). They are very tight indeed. If you have ever worn neoprene knee supports for running, you will be able to imagine what jeggings are like. To put them on, simply feed your thighs in a wodge at a time with a spatula. You could probably adapt jeggings for use as a trebuchet. If you wanted to fire a watermelon from the top of a cathedral, say. I hope to wear them on Friday with out any high elasticity mishaps if I sit down too abruptly. I'll let you know how I get on.