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PostPosted: Thu Jun 23, 2016 15:28 pm 
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First of all can I say how much I appreciate all the advice that is available on this forum.

Hubby and I are in the very early days of 1940's reenactment research (too many books? Nope, not enough bookcases!) and we are nowhere near being able to reenact as yet, so we are just dressed up MOPs for now. Hubby will be HG or Auxiliary eventually as this is the area that interests him the most, and I will be basically me, i.e. sort-of-middle-class (urgh! Wash my mouth out!) civilian, and will dress reasonably well. I have a few items that kind-of look the part, but at the moment I know full well that they are incomplete and nowhere near right yet - but they do look good and I feel lovely in them. Will add some pics when I can figure out how.

I have a Hell Bunny dress which feels simply gorgeous. I know HB are vintage-inspired so I wouldn't want to wear it to reenact, but for general promenading with my hubby, who is more likely to be in a kilt than 'kit' at the moment, I feel really glamorous when I wear it. It's probably more 50's than 40's in style and feel, but it's lovely so I'll wear it for everyday wear. I've also got a fair isle cardi, which is obviously modern but I like it and again, I'll wear it for everyday, not reenacting.

Now to the, hopefully, better bits and bobs. I have some flatish plain lace up shoes in brown suede, no idea of year but they look quite good and are definitely not modern. I've also got a lovely dark navy/black beret type hat, and a few pairs of gloves, a plain white pair, a pale grey pair with pierced backs, and a pale yellow chamois leather pair. I've got a sweet little pink jumper, and I've also got a 'Minky' (fur stole) but from what I've read he will be for more dressy-upsy occasions with a smart autumnal suit, not for everyday. I've also got a simple brown suede handbag with a top clasp, it may not be ideal but it'll get me started and is far more the part than my modern handbags. I also have my Mum's pearls and a couple of her brooches, which may be 60's but I'll double check before I use them. Pearls are timeless though.

As I am not a vintage size, I've been busy sewing. I've made all sorts of things over the years but not from a pattern for a long time. I've made the Simplicity 8050 dress (but without the contrast collar, just all the same colour) - it's a wee bit snug but from what I've read, 'baggy' wasn't a 40's style of wearing clothing anyway so I might be ok in it. I made it in plain red cotton fabric - I'm so glad I didn't plump for a modern floral patterned fabric, that was serendipitous.

For Hubby I have a pattern for a shirt and trousers, but haven't made a start on that yet as we need Bernie The Bolt for the fabric.

At the moment I am making a Butterick B6286 skirt suit, in a muted burgundy wool fabric (from Bernie the Bolt ages ago when we did medieval, I found it loitering in our bedroom under loads of other wool fabric!) - again, all the same colour, not the contrasting colours shown on the pattern front picture. I'm taking my time with it so I don't faff up the lining - yes I watched the Sewing Bee when they did jackets! The skirt is a simple flat panelled one, so should do the job and once it is all made it'll be a smart suit, and hopefully appropriate for the type of individual I want to portray.

My main dilemma at the moment is my modern hair is short, it is easy to look after and I like it. But for authenticity purposes, if I'm going to take this seriously like I intend to, should I let it grow, or just cover it up with a hat or turban type of headcovering? This sounds to me like a naff solution, but I'm happy with my short hair in everyday life.

So what is the point of this post? I'm expecting the experts to tell me that I've got this wrong or that wrong, but I am also hoping that you'll tell me I'm on the right track with some other things. I appreciate I've got a way to go before I can reenact, but in the meantime I've got some lovely things that feel gorgeous and that I will wear on a regular basis whether I am reenacting or not.

Cheers
Nik

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Hi Nik,

it's hard without photos..let me start with short hair. It was fairly common and not at all un-authentic. A nice piece of plain jersey can make a great turban or even a knitted...but steer clear of silky scarves. They're a pain to wear.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/78074855/1 ... traingular (knitted turban pattern, great in muted shades)

Crochet (free) pattern http://tipnut.com/crochet-scarves/ Try and style the front of your hair..Turbans can be really stylish and not just 'mrs mopp'

You're right about the lindy bop..nice to wear daily but none of their range is authentic in cut or fabric.

Bloopers to avoid:
seamed nylons. Very uncommon...look for lisle or cotton stockings. Ebay is good for them or multiperiod fayres. You can darn them and they're the reality for the average British woman.

Wicker basket/evening dress/fur....individually, not a problem. Cotton frock and wicker basket? Brill! Cotton frock and fur? No. Dress for your characters age/status and class.

Shoes. Lots of people wear modern lace ups. They're better than nothing, but the heels are wrong. Look for something like this...apart from anything else, events are usually on places that you wouldn't want to wear high heels on! https://uk.pinterest.com/pin/511510470158086254/

Keep your make up simple. Strong lip (although it doesn't have to be red, corals and pinks were very common) a powder finish and neat brows.

If you can give me an hour or so I'm creating a pinterest board for a set of basics.

Kate :)

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Blue and white rayon dress with peplum
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Thanks for the reply Kate, will get pics of my stuff up as soon as I can work out how to do it, so you'll have plenty of time to criticise my choices (but not my sewing skills, don't diss my sewing!!) :D

But it sounds like I'm on the right sort of track, because I'm thinking of things in terms of 'reenactment' and 'dressy up mop' boxes.

Looking forward to the Pinterest pics, that'd a massive help.

Cheers
Nik

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 24, 2016 9:22 am 
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They're a bit basic at the mo, will try and fill them up later but work beckons so:


https://uk.pinterest.com/katiespitfire/ ... t-to-wear/
https://uk.pinterest.com/katiespitfire/ ... 0s-events/

I never diss sewing...unless it's on that stupid sewing bee programme, then my wrath runneth over! :D

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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]


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Kate, love your pinterest pages - sadly I've made the 'dress' mistake, but we all live and learn!


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That's why I made them...despite collecting antique and vintage clothing I went to my first 40s dance in a pair of Next t-bar heels and a cotton frock with the worst hair, I looked more 70s than 40s! (Think Farrah Fawcett flicks!)

But if you have a visual reference and start to notice things like the shape of heels, the importance of period underwear, the cut of bodices and skirts..you'll start to avoid the errors and make good purchases.

There are some great vendors, but some will sell you any old tat to make a buck.

Always happy to check out ebay links and stuff. :)

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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]


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