|"The Match Game"|
But she found a Munrospun pack in a sale in Cole Brothers, very cheap, in a beautiful blue, and persuaded Mother to make it up for her. (Historical note: Cole Brothers is now called John Lewis Sheffield. This was a few years after it had moved to its present building from Coles Corner, famed in song and story.)
an earlier post.
A dress out of a skirt length was quite a tricky proposition. A Munrospun skirt length was, I think, 45 inches of 54 inch wide fabric (i.e. about 115cm. x 138 cm.) So it was just as well that Mother was a very clever dressmaker and the dress was supposed to be short. She made up a pattern that didn't have very much to do with the original inspiration - it had a yoke, and a zip up the back, and she had to make a seam in the centre front as well. She made a feature of all the separate pieces with top-stitching. There was no spare fabric for facings, or even much of a hem.
The result was a very successful outfit, that M wore a lot. Unfortunately, the only photo I can find only shows part of it.
|M in Munrospun|
In those days, it was very smart to match all the separate parts of your outfit - an exact match of plain colours, or a plain colour matching one of the colours in a check or tartan fabric, and the Munrospun packs were designed to make it easy. Now that rule has been relaxed, and I think people are better (or braver) at putting together colours that don't match. (Though I do tend to work on the principle that black goes with everything, which isn't very sophisticated.) In fact, too much matching looks wrong now - I saw an elderly woman earlier this year wearing jacket, skirt, blouse, hat, gloves, handbag and shoes all in matching or toning shades of olive green. She clearly felt very smart, but it looked a bit odd, if not obsessive. Much too matchy matchy.