Thursday, 29 September 2011

Vintage Fashion Shoot - Nene Valley Railway

After the 1940's event at Ramsey, we were approached by Lisa Miles, a Cambridge based fashion photographer, to do a vintage fashion shoot at the Nene Valley Railway


The shoot took place on Monday, and here are just a few of the brilliant shots!!!!!

Model: Lauren Worby,   Hair: Louise Walsh,   Makeup: Jo Gooding, Clothing: hat & dress 1940's Style For You, shoes models own

Model: Gail de Lara,  Hair: Louise Walsh,  Make-up:  Jo Gooding.  Clothes: original CC41 crepe dress

Model: Kimberley Thompson,  Hair: Louise Walsh,  Makeup: Jo Gooding - 1940's black net party dress

Model: Michelle St,  Hair: Louise Walsh,  Makeup: Jo Gooding, Clothing: 1940's American blouse


Model: Michelle St, Hair: Louise Walsh,  Makeup: Jo Gooding, Jumper handknitted by ME :)

Model: Lisa-Jayne Arbon,   Hair: Louise Walsh,   Makeup: Jo Gooding,  Clothing: original 1940's walking suit

Model: Lauren Worby,   Hair: Louise Walsh,   Makeup: Jo Gooding,  Clothing:  handknitted jumper, 1940's original hat

We had a brilliant day and the images speak for themselves really - hope you like them :-)  Check out Lisa's website for more photographs!!!! :)


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Monday, 19 September 2011

Little Vintage Lover

Sunday the 11th September saw us heading off to our first event at a Little Vintage Lover Fair. 

Up at 5am, we drove the 70 miles to Creake Abbey where the event was being held.

Although Little Vintage Lover Fairs are well established, this was our first time trading with them and what a wonderful time we had. 

We saw a few familiar faces and were next to Faded Splendour.  They have a wonderful collection of vintage items, as well as beautiful corsages, all handmade – check them out here. 

Despite my best intentions, I didn’t manage to get photos of the event because we were busier than I’d imagined but below are some snaps of our stall…….

A little of our stock.

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The new owner of the zig zag jumper knitted from a 1940's pattern!


It was fantastic to be in a venue with people love vintage as much as we do!!  It was well organised with a great atmosphere and we hope to be invited to another fair in the future.

In the mean time, check out Little Vintage Lovers website here where you can see when the next fair is - it's worth a visit!

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Tuesday, 6 September 2011

My new project.......

Now the summer holidays are over and my husband has headed back to school, I’ve begun work on the first order I took at the recent Ramsey event. 

The pattern in question is this pretty little number from the 1940’s.






I’ve knitted it before in rose mist and it’s a really feminine, delicate knit - it’s a very easy pattern too which is always a bonus!!   This time, the chosen colour is Stylecraft cream in 4 ply. 

I’m very lucky that I have a wool shop less than 2 miles away so last week I headed off to pick up these little lovelies.




I’m like a child in a sweet shop when I’m choosing wool and often take home far more than I went in for!!

Now despite what the pattern tells me to do, I always start on the sleeve – always have and probably always will!! J   I like to start this way because it allows me to check my tension and then when it comes to the actual body of the jumper, I can adjust it to fit the customer perfectly. 

This lovely jumper is knitted on size 12’s and size 10’s.  I cast on the sleeve on Sunday and managed to finish it last night.  I’m pleased with how it’s turned out.  It looks a little bumpy in the photograph because I haven’t pressed it yet but it will look much better once done.





This jumper is due to be collected at the North Norfolk Railway 1940’s event on the 17th and 18th September.  If you’re in Norfolk that weekend, come and check it out, it’s a great event – probably my favourite!  

Will keep you updated with the progress of the jumper!

Friday, 2 September 2011

My Mum and Cath Kidston!!!

Long before we began 1940’s Style For You, my parents were 1940’s re-enactors.  Not just dressing up and attending 1940’s events, but serious, in character re-enactors imparting their vast knowledge of the 1940’s on the paying public.  They have been fortunate enough to be seasoned re-enactors at some wonderful locations including Wimpole Hall, Anglesey Abbey, Kentwell Hall and Gressenhall Museum in Norfolk. 
 
At these wonderful living history events, they become Ivy and Norman Baker.  Norman is an active member of the Home Guard and Ivy flits between the fields as a member of the Land Army, or can be found in the kitchen, making tea with the WVS.  They have great passion for what they do and they go to great lengths to make sure that everything is accurate and the clothing is original, whenever possible.  

In May, at the Kentwell Hall 1940’s event, Mum and some of the other re-enactors were interviewed by a nice lady from the Cath Kiston magazine curious to find out what kick started the hobby for them. 

I LOVE this magazine......


Mum thought nothing more of it, and then a couple of weeks ago she was contacted by Cath Kidston to say the article was to be featured in this months magazine and would she like  a copy.   Would she like a copy?  Silly question me thinks!  This is a picture, albeit a very poor quality picture (thank you camera), of my Mum, aka Ivy, in said magazine.
Ivy in the WVS dress bottom right.



The magazine is available online here and you can zoom and read the article/take a closer look at my Mum. 
She’s made very little of it but given my love of Cath Kidston, and of course my Mum, I think it’s fantastic and have been telling anyone who’ll listen!! 
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