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 Post subject: Waaf Uniform
PostPosted: Mon Feb 11, 2013 21:39 pm 
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Joined: Sat Nov 17, 2012 16:29 pm
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Real Name: shaun
Group: The Warwicks 1940
Hi All.
My partner wants to do Waaf does any ony know were she can get this from she is a size 12 skirt 14 jacket
or get the lot in one go

Thankyou Shaun


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 Post subject: Re: Waaf Uniform
PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 17:43 pm 
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Joined: Sat Jul 02, 2011 10:32 am
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Location: Suffolk
Real Name: Georgie
Are you looking for original? If so it might be hard to find one in that size. Most I've seen come up for sale in the last year are tiny. Sizes that are more likely to fit the average modern woman are harder to find and as every average sized modern woman want them, they tend to go for a lot of money when they come up.
If you want repro then you've got a few options.
1. Pay for a good specialist tailor to make one (there are a few around) which is expensive but at least you will get the something that looks authentic. Della Rebours is good and I don't think she charges an excessive amount for a tailor made uniform that is as near to the original as you can get, but it wouldn't be off-the-peg prices.
2. Take pot luck with one of the Indian based reproduction companies. They get mixed reviews (see this forum). I know some people who are really happy with them and others who wouldn't touch them with a barge pole. They tend to be reasonably priced.
3. Take pot luck with WarHorse reproductions. Again, very mixed reviews. I think mainly because they are a small team who have a lot of orders so you are likely to wait a long time for the uniform to arrive unless they have any made up in those sizes???
4. Buy the following and make up your own, mens pre-1980 No.2 Service dress jacket, and women's no.2 or no.5 (mess dress which will need shortening) skirt. If the skirt has pleats, sew them up. A side fastening skirt is better for a more authentic look. The buttons will need changing for brass, kings crown. You can pick up repro hats at most 1940s events or on eBay. Make sure you get the WAAF hat though and not the later (and much more abundant WRAF) ones. All this stuff regularly comes up on eBay or is available at militaria fairs and 1940s events, but you need to be able to do a bit of sewing and basic alteration to make it work.

At the end of the day, it really depends how much you want to pay and how authentic you want it to be. Unfortunately, most of the repro uniform companies don't cater for women.


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