Sunday, 24 October 2010

A Little Interview

Hullo Playmates,

As I haven’t done a profile, I thought I would share the results of an interview I did a while back. It’s not an in-depth insight to my likes and dislikes, but it does give a general inkling to what makes it all so Tickety Boo for Tupney!

I shall endeavour to create a profile very soon, but in the meantime here’s the interview ….

>How long have you been wearing and collecting 1940s clothes and 

> I’ve only been dressing in 40’s clothes full time for about 3 years now but have been collecting related all sorts since I was sixteen, so it’s been 5 years in all.

> What is it about the 40s that particularly appeals to you?> I love it all, the design, music, the social history and of course the fashion. I’m fascinated at how there was still a want/need to look your best and fashionable through times of danger and uncertainty. With restrictions on practically everything people had to make the most of the old and find nifty ways of making new. Also the time put into doing this. Who nowadays would take the time or even bother to re-knit a jumper or re-fashion one of your fellas suits into a sporting little number for yourself?

> Can you talk us through some of your collection?>Originally I started collecting costume jewellery, but this soon branched out into clothing and accessories and now I collect anything that appeals to me from the 20’s to the 50’s, focusing mainly on the 30’s and 40’s. This includes Packaging, magazines, knitting and sewing patterns, furniture, kitchen/home ware and wartime memorabilia.

> Can you tell us a few of your favourite pieces (clothing and/or objects etc)?
> Blimey these are tricky questions. I’m a sentimental old fool who gets attached to the silliest of things so it’s really hard to choose.
Firstly I would have to say my Evacuees. They are life size child mannequins from the 1950’s (or earlier) called Edmund Arthur Askey, Trudy May Trinder and Baby Peggy Lee. At the moment they are all dressed in a mix of original 40’s and home made clothes that ma and I have made for them.
Secondly my green Tala meat safe filled to the brim with my beloved knitting pattern collection. And lastly an outfit made up of an early 40’s green woollen suit with an military air, a late 30’s / early 40’s brown straw tilt hat (my very first tilt), a white pair of utility peep toe platforms and last but not least my favourite pair of white 1930’s sunglasses- I love them to bits but unfortunately one day I’m sure they will end up in bits!

>We've got the WAVE 40s fair coming up, what 40s fashion and make up 
 tips do you have for people looking for a way to achieve a classic 40s look?

> Throughout the forties emphasis was on the hair, long or short it would almost always be waved, set and curled in some way. Unfortunately it’s also the bit that takes the most time to create and to perfect. (It’s taken five years in my case) You can achieve a quick page boy bob by using these modern electric heated contraptions called curling tongs, just by curling your hair under. If you have time on your hands pin curls and curlers still give the best results - remember patience is a virtue and if all else fails wear a turban!
Everyday makeup on the other hand was kept minimal. With a touch of rouge to match your lipstick, a dusting of powder and the iconic lipstick, be it a true red or one of the coral or pink varieties. If you’re a man ignore all of the above and buy a pot of Brylcreem! On the clothes front keep it smart and well put together. It’s all in the detail.

> Who are your 40s icons, in film or fashion or both?
> I’m rather fond of people like Carmen Miranda and Sonia Henie. Fred Astaire was nothing but style and sophistication itself, danced with charm, had personality and elegance and if that wasn’t enough already he had the powers to make it all look effortless. Of course I’m going to have to say David Niven. He’s another snappy, well attired man and will forever be the tops in my world. (Sigh) I also have a fondness for Tommy Trinder, Arthur Askey and the Marmite of the comedy world, George Formby. They are all utterly charming.
As for Icons in fashion, I like Schiaparelli’s designs, also with the likelihood of sounding cheesy just every day people and relatives from the era. For me their photos are the best resource and inspiration one could have. There is also a model from the late 30’s and 40’s who I think is simply wonderful but unfortunately I don’t know her name.

Tata for now
Tups x

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Thank you Ducky

A ‘ta very much’ is sent to young Kate of Vintage in a Modern world for naming my blog in her list for the one lovely blog award.

Here be me list for my ‘one lovely blog’ award (in other words- Here is my list…!)

Tea with the vintage baroness

So here be the conditions!
1. Accept the award. Post it on your blog along with the name of the person who awarded it along with a link to their blog.
2. Pay it forward to 15 other bloggers that you have recently discovered.
3. Contact those bloggers and let them know they've been chosen.

Must go, as I desperately need to find a tissue…….. Blooming colds! Grrrrr.

Sunday, 10 October 2010

Hullo Kiddies,
Some more photos from Goodwood, not the most inspiring I grant you, nor are they filled with fabulously attired ladies and gents (for some odd reason I don’t like taking snaps of folk I don’t know). WARNING there are quite a few snaps of aircraft, which you might find a bore, but hey, the girl can’t help it! Don’t worry; it ends with a cracker….. The good old famous brand of ‘Perky dog food’ (what a name! oh and yes, I’ve never of heard of it either!).

So without further ado, I present to you…. my little slide show, accompanied by a
rather odd choice of song- it’s the only one I had to hand and anyway I think it adds a certain something….. quite thrilling (haha, maybe not!)
Goodness, I’ve really sold this, haven’t I!
Toodle pip
Tups xxx

Oops! It doesn't work..... off to find another way to post it..... don't worry- not missing much!

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Glorious Goodwood- The Outfit.

So I have been a naughty girl once again and have neglected my blog. Just call me Little Miss Butterfly Brain. I indeed have a brain like a sieve, spaghetti (Heinz alphabet to be precise) and erm, well a butterfly. I blame it whole heartily on being a Gemini.  I’m forever thinking about exciting new projects and ideas, especially when it comes to knitting, sewing and other crafty wonders. Which is all very well but then I loose momentum with the current projects and well, I get into such a pickle that I loose track of it all. The pants thing about the workings of my flighty brain is that very rarely does any of my wonderful ideas make their way from the blueprints of my mind to a finished project in reality……sigh as I slump into the chair….I’m afraid this also causes a mild form of muddle brain depression, not at all helped by the sudden change in weather and the seasons. Hello autumn.
I had promised a write up on Goodwood Revival …. I’ve left it so long that I have forgotten most of what had happened (brain like a sieve: Check). How many weeks have now past since Goodwood? When was Goodwood? Can’t remember…Did I even go to Goodwood? I don’t think I dreamt it!.  Oh it must have been in September… can’t believe its October- nearly Christmas hehe ….sorry I’m wondering again.
Back to Goodwood…. Where to start?
Well I do recall having a grand time, there being lots of people, yummy cars, even yummier aircraft, fan-dabby-dozy weather and a lot of people pointing at my feet.

Of course the run up to GwR was filled with preparations and much excitement, flicking through 30’s and 40’s magazines for outfit inspiration (any excuse eh!). Well ok, I knew exactly what sort of look I was aiming for from the onset of knowing about our trip to GwR.
The ‘look’ being, smart but casual country wear that would have been worn to circuits at Brooklands in the late thirties or Goodwood if the track (car) had been there pre-war! I was quite set on my ways- there was to be no gabardine suits, high heels or fancy tilt hats for me at this event and for a change I was to be Miss Sensible.
I was dreaming of tweed suits, spectator shoes, corded windcheater jackets, slacks, and collard blouses tied neatly with a light woollen tie or left casually open over the reveres of a sports jacket, with a snappy cravat tucked in at the neck- it goes without saying that all of these would be worn with my favourite white sunnies! Unfortunately my wardrobe lacks most of these so they stayed just dreams and I wore this instead! I’ll let the pictures do the talking….

Coat: 1940’s and new to me so I just had to wear it whatever the weather- luckily for me there were bouts of chilliness!,
Hat: late 30’s (I think? Your views.....) Brown straw.
Suit: 1940’s with a military air. I know you can’t see it but it’s GREEN. Oh I simply melt when I think of this suit- I just loves it!
Socks: Knitted by yours truly!
Brogues: 40’s and one of my best charity shop finds ever!
Spitfire: Just a little something I took along…. I wish!  

Here’s another picture of my outfit showing off the back detail. I can’t help but giggle when I see ones own legs… they really are like twiglets!
The last  picture post is rather an odd one but it was taken while having a much needed sit down. It's to show you my lovely brogues and socks. I had many a person pointing and commenting on them- not sure if the pointing indicated good things.  By the looks I was getting you would of thought no one had seen a sturdy pair of shoes before. maybe it was the twiglets again....
So thats the photos of my outfit folks and now to the next post.....

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