Back in May we drove down to the annual 'Forties Family Festival' held at the former WWII secret intelligence base: 'Station X' aka Bletchley Park, in Buckinghamshire. This year I was also covering it for an article in Her Vintage Life Magazine, which involved taking lots of photos!
You can see from the above photos that everyone takes so much pride and effort into looking the part, which really contributes towards the festival and its atmosphere. In fact, the period styling, authenticity and detail on show would probably put a props stylist on a BBC WWII drama to shame!
Naturally, Monkeychild was also appropriately turned out up in a dress that I made from a 1940s pattern that I blogged about earlier this year. I was really pleased with how well this fitted her and I love the little puff sleeves.
Apart from all the intelligence history, the other things that I love about the Park are the numerous displays of Forties domestic items. These range from your typical household room of the period...
|I love the cooker!|
Now this handsome fair isle would have been an essential item in a chap's wardrobe. Seventy-odd years since it was first knitted and it could still be worn with style today.
There were more fair isle items on display too; can you see the photo of the pretty little girl wearing her pullover with pride?
This is an original dress - I'm a sucker for a sweetheart neckline...and a novelty print! If you look closely, you'll see that the pattern is made up of rows of ballet dancers.
Look at all these little fascinating items...you can still find many of these at a vintage fair. I particularly like the pink beehive wool holder.
All in all, we had a great day out and were blessed with gorgeous sunny weather too!