Occasionally it seems that world is in pure chaos with nothing making sense, but that doesn't matter as long as I can sew. Sewing is a form of art, or at the very least creativity, and a form of expression. A great outlet for the tension of everyday life. Also you can make cute things. The craft revolution is truly taking place, old skills are being revived by a new generation, but with a seriously modern twist.

I've made Mario pillow cases, a giraffe print background, and turned duvet covers into summer dresses. I enjoy making something unique, special, and me- then I like wearing it and watching it fall to pieces or not fit properly. Then I enjoy (slightly less) fixing it.

One day I shall have a room filled with glorious fabrics and boxes of notions, and on that day I will have found my nirvana. But until then this blog will exist as my virtual haberdashery and sewing room. Hopefully you'll enjoy looking at my creations as much as I enjoy looking at other blogs, and you'll be inspire to make something of your own.

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Edward and Mrs Simpson

Just wanted to share an image of Edward and Mrs Simpson, that is King Edward VIII who abdicated in 1936 to marry Wallace Simpson*.  Wallace was a twice divorced American and entirely unsuitable to be Queen- more recently there was some chatter about Prince Charles re-marrying Camilla Parker Bowles as divorce and remarriage made him entirely unsuitable to be King, no one seemed to mind when he was boffing her behind Diana's back though...  Anyway, the Duke and Duchess, as they became, married in France in 1937, and looked rather stylish imo.  Simpson wore a bias-cut dress and jacket in silk crepe designed by Paris-based American couturier Mainboucher, in 'Wallace blue'.

I'm not sure if this is a replica or the original which has lost its colour...

This replica was held by National Museum of Scotland until Madonna borrowed it for her new film...
The Duke wore a black cashmere herringbone weave tailcoat , grey waistcoat, blue and white pinstripe shirt with white collar, blue and white chequered silk tie, and grey striped worsted trousers.  The Duke (as I'm sure his friends called him) was quite the trend setter; he loved bright colours and prints, wore his trousers with belts instead of braces (the American way, Wallace was clearly a bad influence), and even replaced his trouser buttons with zips.
Striking how thin she is...also it is a dress not trousers.


*Yes this was the sub-plot to the King's Speech

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