Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Velvet Bolero & Evening Bag 1950

Sew a matching bolero and bag from Everywoman magazine December 1950

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Saturday, 23 August 2014

Scampston Gardens and Park

Scampston Hall is an 18th century country house set in park land designed by Capability Brown. It is famous for it's modern garden designed by Piet Oudolf in 1999.
The garden is set within a large brick walled enclosure first developed in the mid 1700s and is divided into rooms some with flowers and grasses others purely green.
The park is extensive and has a small cascade and lakeside walk, an ice house and Palladian bridge

The hall from the parterre

The park

The hall from the park

The lake covered in water lilies

The silent garden

The perennial meadow

Clipped yew in the serpentine garden

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Thursday, 14 August 2014

In Bed with Pat Roc

The release in the United States of the film The Wicked Lady starring Margaret Lockwood and Patricia Roc caused a huge furore in the Breen office because of the low (and historically correct) necklines of the leading ladies. So what better excuse was needed to get Patricia Roc, England's 3rd most popular actress in 1947 into some devastating night attire than promotion for her next film When the Bough Breaks?

As the article explains several scenes take place in bed and while none of these outfits are really suitable for the character she plays, who's really going to worry about it?

Scanned from Illustrated April 5th 1947. Click for big

Scanned from Illustrated April 5th 1947. Click for big

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

All On A Summer's Day

Cotton frocks to see you through the hottest weather.

Horrockses Frock £4/9/3- at Hunts, July 1952. Photo Eugene Vernier

Housewife July 1953. Horrockses in gingham apx 5G Click for Big

Housewife July 1958. Left Horrockses apx 10 1/2G