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Rock n roll

Added Oct 2, 2009

by katensew

Nr Blackpool, Un...






We enjoy going to 40’s and 50’s events and dressing the part. My husband lost his original Teddy Boy suit in the house move so I made him this drape and waistcoat to make up for it. I made myself the circular skirt with attached stiff petticoat. Mine was made as a costume but I tried to make his jacket as authentic as possible. I made up the pattern in newspaper and was advised by him on the features.

Material Notes

The drape jacket is in pure Welsh wool – the fabric dating from the late 70’s when I attended a class on tailoring. The velvet cuffs and pockets were made from an old velvet skirt of mine. I lined it with polyester satin. The waistcoat was furnishing fabric – I made up this pattern too.
My skirt was made using a circle of 60" wide polyester and the same in stiff net. Joined together and with attached wide elastic waistband.




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    Oct 3, 2009, 07.17 PMby ink

    Oh my you look so squeezable in those outfits! Fantastic! You will have to visit Beaufort, South Carolina to learn how to ‘shag.’ <—(type of dancing, 50’s, started here in South Carolina! Happy Birthday to your husband also!

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      Oct 4, 2009, 06.39 PMby katensew

      Thank you for your kind words though it’s a long way from Blackpool ( UK ) for a dance !! What makes our dancing together so important is that I nearly lost my husband in 2002 to 2 heart attacks ! His own strength brought him through and luckily he has never had any problems since — no angina , no pain — it was not exercise induced and so we continue to dance energetically.

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    Oct 3, 2009, 03.27 PMby joboenvogue

    You two are absolutely adorable! It’s amazing that you go out dancing together, because dancing sure ain’t what is once was! P.S. I love the polka dots.

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      Oct 4, 2009, 06.48 PMby katensew

      Than you for the comments — in fact we were dancing this afternoon — only ballroom ( which we do 3 times a week ) It is not very often that we get to 50’s events – only if an " old " group come to town. Also we try and attend 40’s events when we can. My husband wears a uniform and I have lots of hats, dresses, flowers, a snood, gauntlets — all that sort of stuff. So if you see a 40’s style dress anywhere please let me know !!

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    Oct 3, 2009, 08.40 AMby amibambini

    You both look great, you must have owned the dancefloor!

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      Oct 3, 2009, 01.40 PMby katensew

      Thank you — that was last October — this year our theme is a "touch of Tartan " Having lived in Scotland my husband already has the full Highland outfit – though I did knit some hose ! I have purchased ( is that a dirty word ) an outfit from a charity shop and look like an air hostess for Caledonia Airways — so much tartan — all I needed to do to that was tighten the cuffs of the blouse!

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    Oct 3, 2009, 05.26 AMby mo-mo-sew-sew

    you two are ADORABLE!!! now i wanna see video of you two dancing!!!

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      Oct 3, 2009, 01.43 PMby katensew

      Thank you for the comments. We dance 3/4 times a week and it keeps us fit and a fine reason to tidy up and get out ! My husband’s 74th birthday is soon and we are going to Scotland ( we used to live there ) and will dance for 3 full days till about 2am each evening !!
      We particularly like to do the old fashioned rock and roll — not jive as such — though only a few years ago he was throwing me up in the air !!

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    Oct 2, 2009, 07.25 PMby jazzmin

    very cute!!

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