Sunday, 7 September 2008

Are we not fantastic in adversity..........

A dress made from fabric maps.........

A make do and mend nightdress ...........



I have been looking through my research done at the Worthing Museum on 'Make Do and Mend' clothes, made during war time. I still find the clothing amazing, box upon box of creative and beautiful items made by women from scraps of nothing, from silk parachutes, from old curtains, fabric maps, anything. How very creative is this? Don't forget how these women lived, how they battled for the home, for the family, how they carried the weight of everything on their shoulders, and yet look at what they made.............
I wonder somtimes what I am doing, what I waste, and what I battle for...can I really compare...I don't know, I truly don't. But these women...this I admire!!!

29 comments:

Henna said...

Wow! What creativity! So astonishingly beautiful! I´m so amazed..What would world be without these creative women?? A bit boring I think ;-)
have a lovely day my friend!

Hugs Anne

Hem och Lycka said...

Really amazing, thanks for sharing these beautiful dresses made during hard times. hugs, Mia

Solstrimmor & Stjärnstrålar said...

Wow, it's fantastic.
hugs
nina

Ragged Roses said...

I have long admired the work of women during war time and it makes me realise just how creative amd resourceful they were and how wasteful at times I can be. What inspiring dresses, do you know I've never been to Worthing museum, I've no excuse have I!!!
Kimx

Annie said...

Amazing dress, the map dress. I'm off now to google Make Do Clothing and see what else I can find.

Marja Kristiina said...

That IS amazing. I cannot comprehend, not by a long shot, the sacrifices, the losses, the pain, the destruction that Europe suffered only a number of decades ago.

A reminder like this every now and then is so necessary. Gives you perspective.

Take care, dear Lynn!

Nostalgia at the Stone House said...

I love the patchwork map dress, so pretty, which somehow hides the fact that it almost needed to be made due to lack of fabrics available at the time.....
Thank you for sharing these treasures of the past.
Niki

Mary-Laure said...

It's such an original and lovely idea to make a dress with those maps, I love it!
I wish I could sew...

Edie Marie's Attic said...

Great post! I remember my mom & grandma telling about the things they had to do during wartime and the depression to survive. They had a huge garden, raised chickens, sewed & mended. They were so creative and made do with what they had. When an adults coat wore out they made coats out of it for the children, etc. Amazing women! I may need to do a post of their stories!!
Hugs, Sherry

Toni said...

I am fascinated, suddenly, by the idea of -- how my thoughts, or movements, or ideas, or imagination, would be altered by the wearing of the fabric maps dress. Don't you think some clothing can pull us completely away from 'usual' into the rainbow of possibilities that our minds harbor? This dress absolutely LAUNCHED me there!

Miss.Maddie's said...

We can learn a lot from these women and their talent.
Being frugal has often been looked down upon. At a time when we have so much, waste so much and never seem to be satisfied with what we have, we should be humbled by those courageous women.
Maybe that's why I find such enjoyment from saving the pieces of the past.
xo Susan

Lorie M. said...

the map dress. That would be the dress to wear if you don't have GPS!! I love it.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Such beautiful art and to think that they were making these for everyday life, not museums or boutiques. Astonishing, really.

I would personally love a map dress!

Di Overton said...

My mother had clothes she had made herself during the war and they were stunning. Sometimes I think creativity is at its best in adversity.

Cowboys and Custard said...

These beautiful creations certainly give food for thought.. I love the way alternative materials have been utilised.. the map dress is truly inspired!
I should be 'doing' not sitting here blogging but I am so glad I popped in to see these wonders..

With love
Michele x

Moth to a Flame Studio said...

Oh how I love seeing these 'make do' clothes from the the past. The craftsmanship on so many clothing articles from long ago are incredible. I sit and inspect some of the fine detailed hand stitches on the skirts I have from mid 1800's and I start dreaming of what this woman with nimble fingers did every day, what her life consisted of on a daily basis? All the hours women spent sewing, cooking, hand washing....... and now, I only wish I had more time to cook and hand sew. Some things haven't changed..... I still enjoy sewing 'make do' clothing for myself and the dolls, the finished product made from beautiful scraps or fine remnants is truly rewarding and feels so good to know I am living responsibly by recycling.

Lynn, those are wonderful treasures you have!

best wishes, Lisa

Rosie said...

Isn't that amazing! My mum was just in her 20s when the war broke out, and despite everything she says she had a fabulous time. They were so creative. I love the map dress.
Rosie

Sea Angels said...

Thankyou so much for all your lovely comments, I'm so glad you have found these dresses as amazing as I did. You can see them, and many many more, at Worthing Museum but you will have to contact the curator first as they are kept in the stores, Kate Rose was the last lovely curator I worked with,but I am sure whoever is there now, will be as helpful.
Hugs ..Lynn

madeleinemiranda said...

Wow, what lovely dresses... You are very lucky to be able to study such garments, oh how I wish I could too!!

See you,

Mademoiselle M.

getting-freaky said...

beautiful dresses

RiverMist said...

I love the bed cover, it's magical

Lee W. said...

very cool. I didn't know anything about this!

getting-freaky said...

No, i wish, i'm 14 years and i sit in the 3th class and we don't do anything special. in my leisure I make, however, much photograph.

Annabelle said...

Oooh, lucky you! Luv,luv everything you found at your car boot sales. The bedcover is just so perfect! The mirror amazing and the night fairy light just magical!
I think that is why we luv the past so much; the beauty gathered out of nothing is the most interesting.

Hugs Annabelle

Shirl said...

Beautiful christmas fairies, love your bargain mirror and your light is gorgeous - I want one lol!

I laughed when I read your comment about the old fashioned cardies - I used to stuff them in the back of the cupboard and hope that grandma didn't notice I wasn't wearing them - times have changed so much, I too, would love to be able to retrieve one of those cardies from the back of my cupboard now.

Solange said...

Really amazing, I have never seen a dress made out of maps, how cool is that?
hope you enjoy the weekend Lynn and that there will be some sun...

hug, Solange

Karen from A`Musements said...

How wonderful to see these dresses... they reminded me of the scene in "Gone With The Wind" when Scarlett has her wonderful dress made from the drapes. They are simultaneously sad to see (because of the conditions they faced at the time they were forced to 'make do') and yet show such strength (of spirit) and resiliance! How amazing we ladies can be...
Thank you for showing these pieces to all of us!
xoxo
Karen

vosgesparis said...

thank you for your get well wishes ;)

Ottilias Veranda said...

Wonmens creativity is worth studying! What would the world have been without these creative women? I think of my grandmother in Finland who had to fight alone with small children during the war when her husband fought at the frontline. She made beautiful clothes out of practically nothing and everything else for the household...amazing.

hugs
Liisa