Thursday, 23 August 2012

Forties fashion

On Sunday we had a day out.

We went back to the 40's at the Lacock Garden Centre 'Dig for Victory' weekend.
We were more appropriately dressed this time,
although I drew the line at authentic ladies' underwear!
We went with friends.
Tony hired his army outfit and found it heavy and hot. He was given an appropriate lapel badge from a stall holder and told how to wear his hat correctly! If we go again he is going to be de-mob!
Himself had a bit of car envy.
Can you blame him?
These delicious hats were on the back seat of the car.
Hats were one item of clothing that  escaped rationing and were therefore an important feature of a woman's outfit. These hatted ladies were involved in a bit of 'make do and mend'.
We kept a look-out for Lucky Uncle George
but couldn't miss the Lancaster bomber fly-past.

There was some fabulous dancing

and an exercise display.
"I must, I must
improve my bust."
Phew! After that, a nice cup of tea
and then everyone watched a fashion show.

I was amused to see these pigtailed girls in their puff-sleeved, 'Peter Pan' collared and smocked bodice dresses.

 I remember it well!
 1940's passport photo. 
My funny smile is due to a cherry stone stored, hamster fashion. in the corner of my mouth!


  1. Rosemary, I love it all, but the last photo is the best:) It really looks like so much fun.

    1. Yes, everyone seems to be so happy and good-humoured at these events. I would love to do the dancing, but my partner isn't keen!

  2. I love the story of how you had a cherry stone in your mouth! I should try that for my blog photos - it looks so cute. By the way, I just nominated you for a Liebster Award.

    1. Well, thank you for the award, Melanie. (Can you hear the touch of irony in my voice - it's going to take me ages to fulfill the brief!)
      The cherry stone story is one of many that my mother used to enjoy telling about me. I've written about it in a book that I intend to self-publish to celebrate my seventieth birthday.

  3. I thought at first this might be the Leyburn Forties weekend, but it was an altogether grander affair In think. Do let me know when you are up here and then we can have coffee together

    1. We went to this 'Dig for Victory' event because we had enjoyed ourselves so much in Leyburn. I'll contact you when we have a firm date for being in Yorkshire, it will be nice to meet up.

  4. Hi Rosemary,
    What a great post, and it all looked so much fun. Both you and hubby looked perfectly dressed for the role. I would love to go there someday. Thanks for sharing it all.

    1. Himself was wearing his dad's flat cap and a top knitted by his mother, so it was a real family outing! There are lots of these events all over the country. I note that a big vintage clothing sale is coming to Bournemouth sometime soon - see you there?!