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Sunday, 19 September 2010

Goodwood Revival

You couldn't get the smile off my face; the sun shone, the racing cars roared, the bands played those 40s tunes, the people laughed and drank champagne under a clear blue sky - and everyone but everyone looked fabulous.

It was the perfect autumn day and we set out from our overnight stay in London at nine and arrived at the gates of Goodwood at 11am. I was planning to wear an outfit of my own creation but in the end with the sun beating down I opted for my Tara Startlet red dress which I bought from Twentieth Century Foxy back in July. I did make my daughter's outfit though in this sweet Laura Ashley strawberry print. My DH looked fabulously Brando and I think we looked rockin' in the end.

Throughout my recent illness I doubted that I would ever be able to make this event, as at times I couldn't venture very far from my home - but yesterday sat on this carousel with my little girl on the horse in front I whirled around under a perfect sky and I thought I was in heaven. It was my fairytale ending...

Everybody made an effort and the 40s, 50s and 60s were well represented. The air was thick with nostalgia and fun but there was just a slight tinge of sadness; John Surtees chocked with emotion as he talked on the screen above the track about the friends he had lost during those dangerous early racing years. WW2 flypast in remembrance of the Battle of Britain during its 70 year anniversary was poignant too. I know those of us interested in vintage are sometimes critised for ignoring the difficult circumstances of the eras we pay tribute to, but for me the fact that women looked damn good and gave a damn about how they looked despite the difficulties and tragedies they faced says an awful lot about their spirit and courage. For me, my admiration for these decades is as much about that as the clothes they wore.

Were you there? What did you wear? What was your day like?

Sunday, 12 September 2010

Tailoring a suit

I'm tailoring a woollen suit in a sumptuous grey. I'm determined to get the tailoring correct so that I can use the pattern over and over again. The skirt will be a pencil skirt designed from my block and the jacket is Burda 7757. The jacket is a light grey pure wool and the skirt will be a darker grey woollen mix with a bit of stretch as the skirt will be very fitted.

I'm having the worst time trying to get the toile fitted for the jacket and so far have shortened it above and below the waist by 2" in total and narrowed the shoulder by 5/8". The sleeve head was extremely pouffy and so I've taken out about 3/8" at the apex of the sleeve but this may have meant the sleeve sits slightly forward which I'm not sure about.

If you have any thoughts before I cut into the wool let me know...