Yet again I’ve gone AWOL from my bloggin' duties. It really is not on and I shall give myself a firm slap on the wrist (and maybe one on the behind too, though I may need assistance for the latter) to try and correct my wayward ways!
Anyway, to bridge the gap, two whole weeks worth, I thought I would bring forth another of mammy's makes....and what a make it is! I’m so excited by it (giddy as a kipper in fact) that I couldn’t wait any longer to show it off. I know, I know, it should be another R.A.F. Friday, but as I haven’t done a post since the last one, I thought I better do something more varied…. After all, I don’t want my blog to be all R.A.F. Fridays and no knickers….In other words, I don’t want it to be All “R.A.F. F” and nothing else!
So, what did dearest mammy make here littlest? Why, a swimsuit out of dusters of course!
She really does spoil me, you know. It’s is utterly fantabulous and very, very yellow! I’m such a lucky girl.
Enough chatter from me, me thinks.- here’s my duster cossie…..
The idea came from a British magazine dated 1944 and great for the girls with few coupons left!
" A brilliant idea, sun-suit from bright yellow dusters!
Will go in the water too."
A pic of the original- glad to see it's baggy on the glamorous mannequin too!
"Four yellow dusters of the best quality; one pair of coloured silk shoe laces; one card of yellow bias binding; one reel elastic thread; four yards cord elastic; one reel matching silk. (total cost about 7s. 6d.)"
The front…. Rather voluminous aren’t they. Not sure how it will fare in water!!! Luckily, we know that these are colourfast dusters (phew!)- only the best and all that....
A closer look....
Detailing of the shirring ....
Pictures taken with a shapely and less troublesome mannequin!
The shirring continues around the back, where it laces up with a shoe lace... classy! (not a silk shoelace like the magazine suggests though)
The adjustable straps are crossed over and fastened with buttons on the inside.
(I look like a giant in the next snap- I'm only 5'6 and a bit... honest!)
All in all, this suit is the perfect cossie to wear when dusting, to do a duster dance in (as you do), and....
Hoover in! (Actually it's a Goblin Wizard!)
Funny pics, eh! Well, such snaps are a speciality. ;-)
And again, sorry it was sooooooo long.
So what do you think? Would you wear it?
I actually put it in a wartime fashion display a couple of weeks back (pictures to come) and quite a few people said they liked it- some of the older gals thought it was glamorous! (< those gals have great taste)
Seeing as we are no longer rationed, and don't need to use un-rationed goods to make bathing suits, I'm hoping Ma will make me another one in a pretty print. Hmm, shall I use my precious leopard print fabric???
Well, I think it's time to do a bit of spring cleaning. Better slip into something more practical, and start shimmying around anything that looks dusty....
And on that note...