Thursday, March 30, 2017

Diary of a Twinwood Virgin

So after what I can only described as a horrendous 2016, I decided it was time to make some changes, start doing things I have thought about and really want to do, but not actually got around to.

I have always loved Vintage, fashion, films, repro and antiques, much of my life has been influenced by music from different eras, my nan got me into Glenn MillerNat King ColeVera Lynn when I was really young.  I was hugely influenced by the sixties in my teens when I went through my Mod period,  spending a lot of time on the King's Road, Carnaby Street and The Lanes in Brighton, sourcing outfits and accessories, I use to pride myself on creating exclusive outfits for various events I attended.  In my late teens (early to mid1980's), I started listen to the late sixties early seventies Soul developing a love of Northern Soul travelling all over the country to all nighters, sometimes on my own! I didn't tell my parents until later in life, they said they were glad they didn't know, I would spend Friday nights and Saturday mornings wiping up long skirts and trousers on my sewing machine to team up with the token Fred Perry, ankle socks and flat dance shoes.  

Fast forward to 2017, 2 kids and 2 grand daughters later, living in Derbyshire, made some fab new friends achieving personal and professional goals.  This year on list of things to do and incorporating my love of sewing/crochet and vintage I have purchased tickets for Twinwood 2017 I'm going the whole hog and 'glamping' too.  My biggest challenge is outfits as I hear it is a great opportunity to really go to town with vintage looks, I currently have one outfit a pair of vintage dungarees pattern sourced from ebay, which I love wearing and really enjoyed making, (being nearly six foot find it very difficult to get original vintage clothes to fit)! The challenge is now to put together some outfits that:
  1. Are authentic looking.
  2. Are comfortable to wear.
  3. That make me feel feminine.
  4. Don't need a lot of ironing!
 So I already have a pinterest page of 1940's for inspiration I have looked at previous Twinwood years and am in awe of some of the outfits.  I love vintage knitwear, so many sites to visit, including Susan Crawford Vintage so I may have to include a little crochet vest or twinset.

So watch this space I will share my purchases, patterns and fabric choices but would love feedback and tips.
Until next time.....................Nicky aka Vera!

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