In the spirit of Make Do and Mend, I constructed my brooch entirely out of things I already had in the house. I didn't have any felt, so instead I used some craft foam which I happened to have available in some squares of approximately the right size. The flowers came from all kinds of places; my mum and I always try to hang onto things that would be useful for crafts since we like to make a lot of things. I also don't have a hot glue gun, so I glued the flowers in place using craft glue, and I didn't have a brooch pin so I fixed a safety pin to the back using a little piece of ribbon which I again glued in place. I'm not sure how well the pin will hold up, but I'm sure I can always mend or replace it later on. I only made one brooch, partially because I only had enough bits to make one, and partially because I don't have a muff or fabric handbag to pin the second one to.
And here's what my outfit looks like complete with the brooch - doesn't it add some lovely colour for a dreary winter's day?
Gloves - M&S via charity shop | Brooch - made by me for 40s Fashion Calendar
My socks are actually a pretty shade of lilac which I really like with the dress. It's a functional choice as well as a stylistic one as I just can't be doing with cold feet! I just managed to get the best of the weather for the day when I was taking these photos as we had another snow storm afterwards which killed the light for the day.
I'm really happy with the brooch especially since I made it out of basically nothing. I've definitely started how I mean to go on! I love making things and it's even better when it's not expensive. It makes such a difference to have the extra colour on my coat, I think.
Let me know in the comments if you've also had a go at making the brooch, I'd love to see your results!