I made this recently because I’ve been doing a bit of world war one storytelling for my local museum at KIrkleatham. It was a story of my own invention weaving together the airbase at Marske three miles down the coast, and one of the early bases of the Royal Flying Corps, with the many, many associated crashes of one W. E. Johns who later went on to write the Biggles Saga (In his first week at Marske JOhns crashed into the north sea after shooting off his own front prop, crashed into a cliff at Sunderland because he’d somehow managed to miss Hartlepool, and crashed into his commanding officer, Gimlet’s, back door – not a euphemism) I also managed to name drop a few other local heroes and heroines, but I worked in many associated stories of war animals like sargeant stubby – partly because I know animal stories help engage children, and partly to engage myself, since I struggle with the whole concept ot war at the best of times.
When I told Gareth I needed to make a nurses uniform, his response was “Pwoar, nurses uniform!” I then explained that it was to be a somewhat voluminous world war one nurse uniform, to which his response was “Pwoar, NUrses unform!”
Men are wierd.
I couldn’t find any patterns, so this is not quite right – the top of the apron should have been more rounded, and it should have buttoned at the back of the apron rather than tying, I also misjudged the length of the shirt and it could have done with being shorter, but for a sunday afternoon effort I think it’s not too bad?
I also struggled a little to find enthusiasm for the outfit because
a) it’s just not my period
b) it’s blue and I look like a badly warmed up zombie in all shades of blue
c) it’s basically overalls, and overalls aren’t exciting.
Also, you see that ten foot tall bird of paradise plant in the background? Gareth made me drive from Leeds to Whitby to pick that thing up, it had to go into my little combi van sideways and I couldn’t see the passenger side wnig mirror unless Gareth lifted the thing up. I so made him buy dinner on the way home…