As the home of British codebreaking and the birthplace of modern information technology, Bletchley Park is a place of exceptional historical importance. Now an incredible immersive museum experience, its twice-yearly 1940s weekends are fast becoming a highlight of the vintage events calendar.
You may have come across the famous “Hanoi train street” on Instagram, but did you know that there’s actually more than one? We visited both, wandering down narrow alleys while the community started its day.
I take colour very seriously. I love challenging myself to create tricolour schemes in my outfits, but variations on the theme of coral pink, teal and yellow are my go-to favourites!
Yardley ran this series of wartime adverts over 1942/3. Each shows a woman engaged in "war work" - Wren, factory girl, nurse - and a patriotic message encouraging women to "work hard and let no weariness appear". The superficial read of course is that a woman’s duty above all is to be decorative — but, if you look at it a bit deeper, what intrigues me about this campaign is the focus on a specifically feminine strength.
I recently bagged this Harrods spring fashion revue on eBay, dating from circa 1939-40. I especially love the first page, summarising the season's key looks. The full PDF catalogue is available to download free!
How long does it take to plan a sewing project? In the first picture I ever saw of Dita von Teese back in 2001, she wore a black vintage dress with enormous bows on the pockets and neckline - I’m guessing it’s a cusp late 30s - early 40s number. I fell in love with it instantly. Years later I came across the dress again on Pinterest, and saved it to my sewing inspiration file.
I love the novelty 'dangler' brooch styles of the 1940s and 50s - you often see them in Bakelite, celluloid and other old plastics, and in any and all kitschy themes you can think of. I decided to go with love letters as it seemed appropriate for February, but as far as I'm concerned hearts and love letters are year-round motifs.
I had so many requests for a tutorial for the boat-neck sweater refashion I posted on Instagram a few weeks ago, and I finally got around to putting together a full tutorial - with pictures! The instructions are based on the steps I followed, but I was pretty much making it up as I went along and doing it by eye