|My brother and I in outfits made by my mother c.1948|
See the smocking on the baby dress & cross stitch embroidery on my blouse.
My Sunday coats always had velvet collars, embroidered with flowers and a matching bonnet. In summer I always had a new sun dress with bolero.
In my sun dress - 1950'
Our village held an annual gala day and Mum was in demand for helping with the costumes.
I am front left kneeling - early 1950's.
I don't know how my brother ever agreed to take part in a fancy dress parade, and wear dyed red tights as a Yeoman of the Guard. The costume was adapted from an old red suit of Mum's.
As a child, I had the best dressed dolls on the street and especially remember my Coronation Doll of 1953 with its white dress and long embroidered purple velvet train. I do now regret not keeping it as a family heirloom. One of my favourite toys was, a now very politically incorrect, hand-made Golliwog with his checked trousers, red jacket and bow tie. Sadly I have now photographs of these toys and dolls.
Thirty years on, my daughter was the recipient of nursery collages, soft toys, a Cindy wardrobe, costume dolls, crochet waistcoats and fashion jumpers. Mum was also an active member of the Women's Institute (W.I.) and regularly took part in craft competitions, displays and demonstrations. Here are some wonderful examples of her work.