The Englishwoman’s Wardrobe

Book

This book is one of my latest charity shop finds. It was published in 1986 and was apparently in a series of books looking at the Englishwoman’s kitchen, garde and bedroom.  I haven’t seen the others but this one is fascinating.  25 women let the photographer look at their wardrobes and they talk about how they choose their clothes, their likes and dislikes, whose dress sense they admire etc.  Of course it isn’t free from the usual range of advice – how to avoid “mutton dressed as lamb”, older women shouldn’t have too much flesh on show etc, etc.

It’s a bit like blogs today – full of individual styles and opinions.

Shirt - beforeStripes never come out well on my blog photos but this is a rather large shirt made of lovely linen.  It’s going to be a new top very soon.

DressDress Another recent charity shop find.  This dress is made of lovely fabric but it’s an odd length for me.  I think if I take six inches off the length it will be good for summer.  I’ll need a bit of sun before wearing: my legs are so white after this long winter. Or maybe I should follow the advice in my new book and not show so much flesh now I’m middle aged.

What do you think?

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Quilt Preparation – continued

It has been ages since I last posted about my quilt plans.  Things I have to do have been getting in the way of things I want to do.  The situation hasn’t changed but I have printed my photos on to fabric at last.

I used Bubble Jet Set 2000 to do it & it gives great results if your printer is up to it.

Most of the photos are printed on to pieces of an old white cotton valence and the results are much better than when printed on new but lower quality cotton. The photos are clearer on the old valence -a bonus for recycling.

I am so excited now the quilt is moving on again.

The next step is piecing.

A New Quilt – First Thoughts

This photograph was taken at the Weald & Downland Museum, West Sussex.

At that time I was involved in a project to make a quilt commemorating the museum’s 40th anniversary and these photographs were my starting point.  Along with several other women, I made two blocks to put in the quilt.  They were made to strict guidelines and in cotton fabric.  The resulting quilt is beautiful and well worth a look if you go to the museum.

Now I’m planning to start a quilt of my own based on this beautiful museum.  I’m thinking of wools & linens for the blocks and my starting point will be my photograph collection.

If you would like to see a trial run for this type of quilt look here.

Over the next few weeks I will show how I get from my first thoughts about a quilt to an actual quilt. I hope you’ll find it useful.