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World war one dress up day

(19 Posts)
mrsgiggle Mon 02-Jun-14 16:45:17

My daughters school are having a world war one dress up day, I also work there sonhave to dress up too.

Any ideas what we can wear, cant really find many pictures on the web of girls clothese for that time.

I was thinking for me long black skirt and high neck white ruffle blouse and flat black shoes, don't want to be spending loads for one day!!

pleaseaffixstamps Mon 02-Jun-14 16:59:23

Yours sounds lovely!

For DD: white shirt with sleeves rolled up to elbow; EITHER pinafore dress in blue or beige, OR dungarees; peaked cap with hair bundled up underneath it = woman munitions worker.

Nocomet Mon 02-Jun-14 17:42:47

lots of 1914 school pictures

Adult teacher is easy, dark maxi skirt high necked white blouse, seems to be pretty much a uniform.

Girls seem to go from white frilly Edwardian smocks to simpler dark dresses.

mrsgiggle Mon 02-Jun-14 18:35:12

Ive got the long black skirt, white high neck frilly blouse, charity shops today!!!

What do you think of this dress for dd, if I could get a pinny and shawl for it?

Nocomet Mon 02-Jun-14 21:33:57

Looking at those school photos you just need a dark jumper or shirt under it.

At least it's warm. DD2 didn't enjoy cotton dress and knee socks for WW2, in the snow.

Nocomet Mon 02-Jun-14 21:35:11

Now anyone got any idea if they had dried fruit buns in 1914?

Melonbreath Tue 03-Jun-14 07:36:30

They had currant buns so yes probably.

Nocomet Tue 03-Jun-14 08:40:39

Good, Ive been asked to help with food for our village WW1 thing.
Simple white blouses and long skirts would look good for serving, unfortunately I haven't got one.

mrsgiggle Tue 03-Jun-14 12:16:31

Just do what I did look in your local charirty shops! Never been in there before, but got a blouse and skirt for £4.50!!!

BikeRunSki Tue 03-Jun-14 12:23:10

DS's school recently did this. The girls mostly wore plain dresses, or simple pattern on a simple style; or were nurses. The teachers and staff were very "Downton", and more nurses. There were a few chimney sweeps and soldiers too.

I think the women in dungarees munitions workers were more WW2? I am happy to be corrected though.

pleaseaffixstamps Tue 03-Jun-14 12:50:56

Nope, WW1 too - look at number 6 in this gallery:

It was women in WW1 doing work seen as traditionally male that was one of the major things that then tipped the debate on women's suffrage.

BikeRunSki Tue 03-Jun-14 16:16:28

Of course!
Super, that's dd sorted out should she ever do this.

emanresU Sat 25-Oct-14 12:14:31


I'm high jacking this thread as my DS's school are doing a WW1 assembly where children are required to dress up "in their Sunday Best a La ww1"

I haven't got a clue and am rather crap at these things so please please please someone help me out and guide me in the right direction - how can I kit my D'S out in ww1 clothes? ???

AimlesslyPurposeful Sat 25-Oct-14 12:25:55

Can I gatecrash and ask for a bit of help too please?

DS3 is 8 and has to dress as a WW2 evacuee for a day out to a manor house.

It's the first week in November and will probably be a bit a bit chilly so will have to dress him warmly. Don't want to spend too much and am happy to scour charity shops.

Any ideas?

TheBuskersDog Sat 25-Oct-14 15:24:27

Aimlessly, our school do a similar trip and boys usually just wear shorts, shirt, jumper, knee socks and school shoes.
I will be going on this trip and have been looking for a 40s style suit, I think I will try the charity shops but don't want to spend too much.

AimlesslyPurposeful Sat 25-Oct-14 18:59:04

Thanks Buskersdog.

DP said they wore shorts. He should be warm enough with some long socks though.

You shouldn't have too much trouble finding a suit in a charity shop and you could add a brooch to give it a vintage look.

M155P Wed 29-Oct-14 20:47:23

I need 2 x ww1 girls outfits for Monday! Does anyone know where I can buy them cheaply?.. Thanks x

carrielou2007 Wed 29-Oct-14 21:59:58

Got mine from Amazon came within 2 days

del2929 Fri 07-Nov-14 11:27:51


where can i buy a ww1 girls outfit from? need it by the 10th?!
the school havent given much notice. arghhhhhhhhhhhh
thanks in advance

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