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Sunday, 21 October 2012

Call The Midwife - Fashion

I recently watched "Call The Midwife" a BBC mini series of a woman working as a midwife in the poorer district of east end London in the 1950's. Beautifully told and filmed, it inspired me to take a look at what they were wearing.

The three midwives looking so smart in their Nursing uniforms.
They would get on their push bikes and see their patients in the community.
Simplicity 4084.
I have had this pattern for a while, but really love the style - so classic Trench.
Butterick 3007.
Double breasted coat with or without belt.
I adore the model here with her hat on !
Simplicity 9612.
Double breasted Trench Coat. Short or long.
Can be used as a raincoat trench or wool coat.

 The Skirt suit. I love the detail on the front faux pockets, princess cut jacket &
front side pleat. I would say its almost late 1940's.
Butterick 3084.
Versatile options for a skirt suit pattern (1960's).

Simplicity 8474.
Butterick 8298.
A very cute skirt suit. Curved jacket front hem with darts. Collared with single button closure.


Roll neck dress with full gore skirt.
 I imagine this has a low cut back

McCalls 4303.
Full gore skirt with or without roll top collar.
Beautiful party dress !
McCalls 9611.
1953 full gore skirt with roll neck collar.
V neck back collar with bow.

Three quarter length coat, single breasted with turned cuffs.
Jenny wears this so very well. Scarf finishes the look off.
Id suggest white gloves too !

Du Barry 5088.
1940's coat with reversible hood. Really cute this pattern.
McCall 6450.
1940's single breasted coat in 3/4 length.

Lastly, how could I forget the all important nurses uniform dress.
Always a dress, never pants or culottes unlike today.

..and cape...

I like all the variations in this pattern. The detailed pleats are so cute !

I'd like to dedicate this entry to my great great grandmother Margaret Shields
who was a midwife in the 1950's.


Sunday, 14 October 2012

I Love The Cook Islands

I know it's been a while since my last post, but I did have a lovely holiday.
If youre in the market for a reasonably priced, beautiful, unspoilt, tropical holiday, amongst people who are genuinely lovely and year round climate is warm, the the Cook Islands is the place to go.
Forget overcrowded Hawaii, forget commecialised Fiji or over priced Tahiti. The Cook Islands has all the benefits of those places minus the negatives.

I will be back there next year...