Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Forties Weekend

Hey guys! How are you all?

Things have been a little quiet on the sewing front here recently. I've been battling with a particularly difficult essay over the last couple of weeks, but mercifully I got it finished off yesterday in time for the deadline, which is tomorrow. Now that's over and done with, hopefully I should be able to get back into sewing again soon!

In the meantime, I have some exciting news to share with you - I'm going to a Forties Weekend! It's taking place at the East Lancashire Railway (a preserved line) near Manchester from 23rd-25th May, and is based all around the fashions, music, food and transport of the decade, with a particular focus on the Second World War. You can read more information here.

I'll be attending the event on the Sunday (the 24th) and have already begun to plan my outfit. You have to go to a Forties Weekend in the correct attire, right?! I am definitely going to be stitching up this gorgeous vintage pattern that I ordered a few months ago from a shop on Etsy:

I absolutely adore the bow blouse version in the bottom right, but I am struggling to envision what fabric it should be sewn in. Something nice and lightweight so the bow isn't stiff, but beyond that I have no idea - colour? design? Then there's the question of what to wear it with. Should I make a simple calf-length skirt, or hunt around online for a forties trouser pattern? Suggestions please!

On top of that, I've not even begun to think about my hair yet. It's not exactly vintage in appearance, but I am awful at styling it. If anyone has any ideas for easy ways to get my curly hair into a suitably forties-looking style, I would be so grateful if you could leave a comment below!

It should be a really good day out, I'm so looking forward to it!

Have a good week everybody,

Beth x


  1. Great pattern. I'd persoanlly go for a floral, and an A-line skirt.
    Sympathies on the hair front. I am horrible at styling mine. I've started experimenting with rag curls, which work, but I am really not sure

    1. ooh, an A line, i hadn't thought of that, thank you :) i am leaning towards a floral for the blouse, hopefully it will look good!