WWIIReenacting.co.uk Forums

Uniting UK Re-enactors since 2003
 

It is currently Fri Dec 13, 2019 22:19 pm

Support the Forum
END OF YEAR OFFER - HALF PRICE SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIPS - CLICK THE BANNER TO READ MORE AND SUPPORT THE FORUM

Username



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next
Author Message
Offline
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 16:12 pm 
 Profile

Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:11 am
Posts: 29
Location: Surrey
Hello everyone

I haven't been on here for a while so forgive me if this has been covered at all recently. :o

Does anyone have any advice on starting from scratch on a Land Army impression? I know the boots could be the toughest for me as I am a size 8. Anyone managed to find a good contemporary boot which fits the bill?

Any advice on sourcing clothes would be much appreciated - I have looked at the fabulous links thread and so my research has started in earnest.

Best wishes,
Kitty.


Top
 

Support the Forum
END OF YEAR OFFER - HALF PRICE SUPPORTER MEMBERSHIPS - CLICK THE BANNER TO READ MORE AND SUPPORT THE FORUM

Username
Offline
PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2010 16:39 pm 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
Hi Kitty,

Are you going for a working impression (ie dungarees!) or a posh walking out outfit? (ie breeches, long socks /shirt/tie)

Kate

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 15:00 pm 
 Profile

Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:11 am
Posts: 29
Location: Surrey
Hello Kate

I should have said - I think the walking out ensemble first but would like to make a start on the working side too. Would it have been shoes for the former and boots for the latter? Any recommendations on the footwear in particular would be much appreciated but of course any tips are extremely useful!

Best wishes,
Kitty

_________________
I think that carrying on a life that is meant to be private in public is a breach of taste, common sense, and mental hygiene. Myrna Loy


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 15:43 pm 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
Hi Kitty, there are a number of sources for WLA kit, if you're looking for Breeches there are loads on ebay right now in good sizes, always worth looking under 'vintage jodphurs' as well..
Re shoes, I got lucky with a pair of Churches shoes in an 8, they are almost identical. However, don't worry too much about pattern, as most WLA veterans will tell you they were lucky to get any issued!
You can still wear breeches, long socks (see Sally Pointer for perfect WLA socks in modern sizes! £16) and wellies, WLA kit was so hit and miss...some girls never saw wellies, a lot had to call home and ask for their own to be sent.
You can also seek out Dave Farmer at shows, he has a lot of repro stuff, but I'd say avoid paying £25 or the polo shirts...just not worth it! Try and find a shirt with an open weave (like Aertex) and dye it with tea or a light fawn dylon. The ties can be found at most 40s shows for about £15, the jumpers, well I think Mrs T Riddiough on here has a pattern although again at most shows you can find repros.
Are you thinking of coming along to any shows? I'm always happy to shop!! :-) Call it a vocation! ha ha! Or if you find something on ebay and aren't sure, just ask.

Kate

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 15:56 pm 
 Profile

Joined: Sun Jul 11, 2010 11:50 am
Posts: 341
Location: Dewsbury, West Yorkshire
Real Name: Tim Bickerdike
Group: 'D' Squadron Lancashire Hussars
Just a quic question...
When you talk about footwear... I can't help thinking that 'oop north' wouldn't homefront and WLA have access to clogs ?? Not the dutch kind but the leather topped Lancashire/Yorkshire type.

Tell me to shut up if ya wanna..

Tim B

_________________
Remembering
John Arthur Bickerdike
Oliver Kemp
William Henry, John Edward & Charlie Thompson who all survived.
Bertie and Joseph Thompson who gave their life.

'D'Squadron Lancashire Hussars 1914


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Wed Aug 04, 2010 16:11 pm 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
They're a very regional thing, not at all prevalent in my area (East Yorks) but in Lancashire I can't say why not, not seen any photos, but like I say, so much was self supplied...

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 7:38 am 
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:16 am
Posts: 498
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Real Name: Nadine
Group: Virtue To Victory
Clogs weren't very common for WLA in the second war, they were worn more as the original safety boot in the factories. Most of my family and the surrounding farmers wore hob nail boots, including the ladies. My great gran wore hob nails on the farm and put her button boots on when she went anywhere else, she also still wore her edwardian skirts and couldn't understand the modern fashions!

Most girls never saw their wellies either, shortages on rubber supplies, and since most were city girls they didn't have them at home either. I remember talking to one land girl who told me she got a set of dungarees and her badge and nothing else. Most had brown lace up brogue type shoes so that would be worth a try.

I have a couple of knitting patterns for the jumper. Just shout if you want a copy. If you can't knit then just shout and I'll make you one.

If you have any questions please ask and I'll try and answer them.

_________________
http://www.freewebs.com/womenofww2/
http://www.freewebs.com/virtuetovictory/


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 8:42 am 
 Profile

Joined: Fri Jul 28, 2006 10:11 am
Posts: 29
Location: Surrey
Thank you all for your help and advice.

I shall definitely take up the offer of the knitting pattern or jumper! I have some Edwardian style brown shoes which might work whilst I seek out some heavy boots and a walking out brogue. No luck with the aertex blouse yet, but I am going to make this a long-term project so I will keep researching!

Thanks again for all the help -you've inspired me to keep going! I may yet need a shopping trip at a show Miss S, so I shall keep you posted if I can reach any of them this year.

Best wishes,
Kitty.

_________________
I think that carrying on a life that is meant to be private in public is a breach of taste, common sense, and mental hygiene. Myrna Loy


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 14:17 pm 
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:16 am
Posts: 498
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Real Name: Nadine
Group: Virtue To Victory
pm'd you.

_________________
http://www.freewebs.com/womenofww2/
http://www.freewebs.com/virtuetovictory/


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 14:20 pm 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
The blouse is the hardest part, I got lucky and found an aertex one many years ago, but I even tried to get the fabric direct from the manufacturers, no joy.

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2010 19:35 pm 
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2009 14:42 pm
Posts: 400
Anyone know where to get some dungarees from? or should I best keep watching ebay? :D

_________________
"Facts are like cows..., stare them in the face long enough and they generally run away"

http://worldofsian.blogspot.com/


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:33 am 
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:16 am
Posts: 498
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Real Name: Nadine
Group: Virtue To Victory
Mine are from a decorators shop, if you get white ones they can be dyed but I was lucky enough to get some in the right sort of colour especially now they've faded. Make sure they don't have a kangaroo pockets on the front and not elastic.

_________________
http://www.freewebs.com/womenofww2/
http://www.freewebs.com/virtuetovictory/


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:25 am 
User avatar
 Profile

Joined: Tue Jun 30, 2009 14:42 pm
Posts: 400
Thank you :D

_________________
"Facts are like cows..., stare them in the face long enough and they generally run away"

http://worldofsian.blogspot.com/


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:46 am 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
Or, you can make your own. There's a woman selling Twill on ebay and it's really easy to sew.
http://sewing.patternreview.com/cgi-bin ... ernid=9569
Folkwear also do a pattern, and evadress do a wide legged trouser pattern that you can add a bib to. (you don't have to make them so tight fitting at the waist.)
http://www.evadress.com/9016.html

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 10:48 am 
Forum Legend
 Profile

Joined: Thu Jan 22, 2004 17:00 pm
Posts: 14436
Group: That's so 2011...
The WLA were also occasionally issued with a trouser a well. Same fabric, I looked at the one in murton Park Farming museum. (Nr York)
Not that common, but an official item nonetheless.

_________________
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Memorial ... 1996034455
https://www.facebook.com/edwardsshed

Be very careful about loaning original items...also, please keep an eye out for :
*Still missing* Because some folks are devoid of an ounce of honesty or integrity.
Women's Navy Great Coat
Green floor length 1930s evening dress with sleeves set on net.
Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
Black velvet halter necked dress with silver shot thread skirt (may still have Harrods label in it) I have photos of all of these items and I know where they are in Scunthorpe, but would appreciate a nod if they come up for sale. [/color]


Top
 

Offline
PostPosted: Fri Aug 06, 2010 12:40 pm 
User avatar
 WWW  Profile

Joined: Thu Nov 17, 2005 9:16 am
Posts: 498
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Real Name: Nadine
Group: Virtue To Victory
Miss Spitfire wrote:
The WLA were also occasionally issued with a trouser a well. Same fabric, I looked at the one in murton Park Farming museum. (Nr York)
Not that common, but an official item nonetheless.


I think they were for 'supervisors' but like you said very rare.

_________________
http://www.freewebs.com/womenofww2/
http://www.freewebs.com/virtuetovictory/


Top
 

Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 23 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2  Next


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Jump to: