Wearing and shopping vintage, with a bit of camping thrown in… does it get better than that?


Not much better in my book!

That’s what it was like at the Twinwood-Glenn Miller Festival two weekends ago.

Fab outfits, brilliant music, tons of dancing, great people-watching and a fair amount of rain.

Day 1- I wore the raincoat I made from McCall 5760 over Vogue 5757 wool gabardine slacks I very recently made. The ground wasn’t too muddy yet so I could still wear my nice brogues.

My hair was really acting up in the damp windy weather …so I just ignored it.

Home away from home

However on day 2 I tried harder on the hair front and coaxed and lacquered four Victory rolls in place and tucked the rest into a snood. (snoods are a blessing)

Day 2- the outfit was an original navy 40’s suit I’d bought last year from Dress Circle, a pair of vintage sellers who have some of the best 40’s & 50’s vintage stock I’ve come across in the UK. They sell at events like the Twinwood Festival, the Hep Cats Holiday weekenders etc. So of course I bought a new suit from them while at Twinwood this time… the skirt had a choking 24″ waist which I’ve since made bigger – it’s a good thing garments from that period often have generous seam allowances!

There was heavy rain in the night but we were cosy and dry in our lovely new bell tent which my husband recently bought as a lure to get me camping.

Hey, it worked!!

I’ve long had an aversion to blue and purple rip-stop nylon and…

sleeping bags make me feel claustrophobic so after a couple of nightmare camping trips (flash back to 10 years ago, France- giant spiders in the loo’s and mad foxes trying to break into the tent. 8 years ago, Pembrokeshire – 3 days of torrential rain, 2 grizzling children and more giant spiders in loo’s) I’ve held my ground and flat out refused to go. But this time we were equipped with a huge comfy air mattress and brought rugs, duvet, quilts, decent cooking equipment and even a tea-light chandelier … tons of kit, a bit like a minor Royal Progress and definitely not what you’d call economy camping but I loved it this time!

deluxe lighting!

Day 3- I trotted out the dress I made from McCall 9360…

I’m not a morning person but did look more cheerful after I drank that cup of coffee.

Also I discovered that with careful wrapping in a scarf to sleep that my hair was as good as new the next day (considering the amount of hairspray I used it could have lasted a week)

The camping outfit pics were all taken on a phone camera as with all the vast amount of creature comforts we packed I actually forgot my good camera. Yes, a cafetière so I could drink proper coffee in the mornings was really more important ;)

To finish off the weekend I bought 3 vintage patterns.

And can now be considered converted to camping… themed camping with shopping anyway.

No giant arachnids spotted either… though I didn’t want to spoil the trip by looking too hard.

The End

There was heavy rain in the night but we were cosy and dry in our lovely new bell tent which my husband recently bought as a lure to get me camping.

Hey, it worked!!

I’ve long had an aversion to blue and purple rip-stop nylon and sleeping bags make me feel claustrophobic so after a couple of nightmare camping trips (flash back to 10 years ago, France- giant spiders in the loo’s and mad foxes trying to break into the tent. 8 years ago, Pembrokeshire – 3 days of torrential rain, 2 grizzling children and more giant spiders in loo’s) I’ve held my ground and flat out refused to go. But this time we were equipped with a huge comfy air mattress and brought rugs, duvet, quilts, decent cooking equipment and even a tea-light chandelier … tons of kit, a bit like a minor Royal Progress and definitely not what you’d call economy camping but I loved it this time!

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Day 3- I trotted out the dress I made from McCall 9360…

I’m not a morning person but did look more cheerful after I drank that cup of coffee.

Also I discovered that with careful wrapping in a scarf to sleep that my hair was as good as new the next day (considering the amount of hairspray I used it could have lasted a week)

The camping outfit pics were all taken on a phone camera as with all the vast amount of creature comforts we packed I actually forgot my good camera. Yes, a cafetière so I could drink proper coffee in the mornings was really more important ;)

To finish off the weekend I bought 3 vintage patterns.

And can now be considered converted to camping… themed camping with shopping anyway.

No giant arachnids spotted either… though I didn’t want to spoil the trip by looking too hard.

The End

8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. RoseLaMer
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 22:33:19

    Gah!! So cute! I love the brown jacket with the cute little felt cap. If only we lived near each other I could have lent you my 1940s picnic cocktail set for your excursion.

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    • VeraVenus
      Sep 09, 2011 @ 22:53:17

      Ooh, a 40’s cocktail set would be fab! I’ll add that along with a portable wind up gramaphone to the items still missing from the camping kit…

      Reply

  2. VeraVenus
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 15:15:43

    Tnx Nina… I think the spiders were repelled by all the hairspray I used.

    Reply

  3. Nina
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 15:01:47

    Glamorous camping. You rock the look!

    Reply

  4. Lydia c crimp
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 14:21:31

    You’re too fabulous!! Will I be seeing you at goodwood? X

    Reply

  5. Loretta
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 14:20:42

    Love this post you look great …. and one before . We have a bell tent and chandelier …. we’ll have to pitch up together sometime! L x

    Reply

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