I've only just really discovered the notion of self-care – which is a bit of a foreign state to me as it is to so many women/parents/women parents. I am one of those people who is always just about to sit down. I'm always planning the moment when I can relax but I never actually get there. There's always someone who needs something, something that needs doing. I've just realised that unless I do look after myself, ain't nobody gonna do it for me, and plus, I begin to wind down like the Energizer Rabbit (remember the Energizer Rabbit fellow Aussies?! I am now that rabbit, just before I get a new Energizer). I find the whole work-for-yourself-from-home thing can be very difficult to manage, and as I prepare for my first major holiday in well over a year, I would love to hear from the self-employed working-at-home people who make their income from their work. How DO you separate your work from your life? Because as I've proved repeatedly this year, if you let it, the work easily takes over the life! Throw a toddler into the mix and it becomes a delicious nightmare milkshake. Thankfully said toddler is now a small boy and is about to start school – they start 'em early here in France, which I was a bit taken aback by but am now all for and can barely contain my excitement at the idea.
Here for your perusal are two chemises of approximately the same era, but one would have belonged to a farm woman and the other would have been a town lady with a bit more leverage. I'll start with town lady. This is pure linen mightdress with short sleeves and a drawstring neckline, both edged in handstitched scalloping. Monogram JP, this measures 58cm across the bust lying flat. It's in perfect condition - €70
The other is late 19th/early 20th century – it's a work smock made of stunningly beautiful handspun and handwoven hemp in a soft oatmeal colour. It is completely handmade and faultless- look at the detail on the neck. It measures 60cm across the bust from armpit to armpit, it's one of the larger long-sleeved hemp chemises I've found. Monogram MG. This one is €95. For either of these, please message me. And please do comment below how you manage boundaries!