4 February 2013

Just Like Nanum

Outfit 1 2013 - Just like Nanum

Outfit 1 2013 - Just like Nanum

Outfit 1 2013 - Just like Nanum

All of her grandchildren called my maternal grandmother "Nanum". Apparently, I started it. She wanted to be called Nana, and my grandfather Grandpa, but I called them  "Nanum" and "Umpa", and it stuck.

Nanum was a slim, immaculately dressed lady, with a twinkle in her eye and the capacity to rally people into action and make it seem like fun. She and Umpa regularly moved with his work and she seemed to take it in her stride, arriving in a new town, getting new groups off the ground and leaving them thriving. Their most exciting move was from New Zealand to London in the 1960's where they lived a very glamorous lifestyle, wining and dining at Embassies and living in grand houses. My all time favourite story as a small child was of a ball at Buckingham Palace and I asked to hear it many times. My mum, 18 at the time, went with them. She sewed both her dress and Nanum's dress from beautiful silk they'd bought in Bombay and they wore them with long kid gloves that had a line of tiny pearl buttons at the wrist. I imagine Nanum wore a fur around her shoulders. Umpa drove them through the big gates of the Palace in his little car. Inside they met the Queen and danced with the richest man in the world. It was the stuff of dreams for a little girl in New Zealand. 

Many years later we had two of Nanum's old furs in our dress-up box. One was a fox, complete with a head and little claws. It was fascinating, but a little creepy. The other was long and slim, with caramel satin lining. As a child I didn't really understand how to wear that one, but it all came back to me as I pondered over how to make my faux fur scarf for the first outfit of my Handmade Wardrobe. Although it was a bit tattered, I can clearly remember the lining and the strip of fabric on the back of Nanum's fur and I've tried to recreate it from memory.

Mine is about 4" wide and 32" long with curved ends. It's lined with some silky fabric I've had for years and finished with a strip of the same silky fabric that I've stitched on by hand. It's simple to wear; one end is slipped through the fabric loop underneath and, hey presto, it's on. 

What do you think? I was surprised at how warm it it - cosy. (I apologise to anyone who isn't keen on fur, even if it is fake...)

I'm nearly done with my first outfit. Apparently my glass chunks have been fired so hopefully I'll get them back this week and do something with them. I've got an awesome location in mind for the photoshoot - making the most of what Cambridge has to offer - but I need Mr Myrtle to take the photos, so we'll take them this coming weekend.

In the meantime, I've got a FANTASTIC giveaway later this week (see my sidebar for a clue) and I'm busy planning Outfit 2. See you soon!



16 comments:

  1. Great story!! I really like your fur, can't wait to see your outift! ohhh and a blog tour by chance? ;) exciting!

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  2. Love your fur wrap, might have to steal that idea as it'd work well with my wardrobe plans too; I've got some fake fur astrakhan sitting in a box which I've been wondering what to use for.

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  3. So pretty! I have a similar one I bought years ago, and it's still one of my favorite winter accessories.

    I'm very curious to see what you do with the glass chunks, as I used to do both glass fusing and glass bead-making! And eagerly awaiting the unveiling of Outfit Number One!

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  4. Just love this- I really like the look of it with the fabric side showing almost as much as the fur.

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  5. What a fascinating ohana history! Great fox stole.

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  6. I'm still so impressed by all of the detail and work going into the outfit, it is going to be amazing and I look forward to the big reveal! The mix of fur and fabric is lovely. I'm not sure why anti-fur people have a problem with fake fur considering it is allowing people of get the same effect without hurting an animal, thus possibly saving animals...

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  7. Oh I love it! Great story and a fantastic little stole you made.

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  8. What a beautiful creation ! Without reading your story, I went back 30 odd years and automatically thought of my Grand Aunt who used to wear a fox one to church every Sunday and never without a hat of course! Of course we all thought that she was the most elegant lady there. Thankyou for sharing your wonderful story too.

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  9. Oh my Grandma used to do all the embassy stuff and went to Buckingham Palace for a garden party, her husband used to work in the foreign office. I used to love listening to her tell the stories about it all. She had a fox stole and a fur hat that came from Russia, we used to love playing dress ups with them even if the fox was a bit creepy. Loved this post, it brought back some special memories for me xx

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  10. Love this post!! We had a fox stole in our 'dress-up box' when I was a little girl, too. It's mouth was hinged and it was basically chewing on it's tail when worn...weird! XO-

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  11. Oooh I love this - and what a nice story. Cannot wait to see outfit 1...

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  12. They have indeed been fired! Everything came out very nicely.

    I'm now pondering designs for glass buttons and pins (to pin together woolly things).

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    1. Yay!!!! I love the idea of glass buttons, I'm sure I could find a use for some of those :) and pins! X

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  13. What brilliant images!

    I'm a big fan of bokeh, I really love the way it can be manipulated to draw the eye exactly where you want it to travel.

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  14. Oooh, I love it. I really love the lining too, such a perfect choice. I have three actual furs from my grandmother hanging in my wardrobe. They are cut and made so beautifully but I just can't wear them!

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  15. Lovely, I have only just appreciated fur. It looks so cosy to wear. The story of your mother and grandmother is amazing, what an incredible occasion, I think I would have asked for the story numerous times too! - ANnie

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