Thursday, 30 June 2011

My grandmother in the 1930's.


My maternal grandmother Greta has probably been the person who has influenced me the most when it comes to sewing. She was all her life a very snappy dresser. My Mum has let me scan and post pictures of my grandmother and even though the pictures are small (I tweaked them a bit to make them larger) I still think they are marvelous little peaks into her life and her wardrobe. The pictures in this post are almost all of them from the 1930’s, when my grandmother was in her twenties, she was born in 1913. I think they prove that even a working class girl, who made her wardrobe with a small budget, could with fantasy and ability to sew, make a wonderful wardrobe.

1921. My grandmother, her mother Gerda and baby brother Hans and her father Sigurd.



I think she is barely out of her teens here. I love the dress, which looks to be very early 30’s.



I can really see how much my Mum resembles her, here. And I can see somewhat of my grandmother's smile in my own.





She worked various shops before her marriage, her she is at her work at a dairy.





Being fashion conscious she, of course, wore trousers for leisure wear. And I so want that bag!



I think she looks great here- I wish I knew the colours.



In fact, I think she and her friends looks great.



New Years Eve. I wish I could see more details, but I love the flowers at the neckline.



I have one more picture from the 30’s to show, but when I looked at it I realized that the blouse my grandmother is wearing is one that I inherited from her. I need to unpack it and take a picture so I can show it together with the old photo.

15 comments:

Rowenna said...

She was a lovely woman! I want each and every one of the outfits she and her friends are wearing in that photo! Thanks so much for sharing these :)

Have you ever seen this blog? http://momstyleicons.blogspot.com/ Many of the pics are much more recent, but it's still very cool to see how daughters and granddaughters honor moms' and grandmom's style!

Tickety Boo Tupney - A Dash OF Worcester Sauce. said...

I especially love outfits 5 and 7- well to be honest; all her outfits would be in my ideal wardrobe! Thank you for sharing them, they are truly wonderful. Tups x

Madame Berg said...

Beautiful photos!

paisleyapron said...

What a lovely lady with a lovely smile. She looks like she was a really fun person. Can't wait to see the blouse.

Lina Sofia said...

wow, fantastic! Love these photos! They really are gorgeous outfits. Love that photo with the trousers, when they're larking about... off on a day trip or picnic maybe? Looks like the man is holding a bottle of wine!

rosie-alia said...

Your grandmother was a glamourous! xx

Isis said...

Rowenna: She was! I just talked with my Mum and she told me grandmother spent every single penny, apart from rent and food, on clothes. Her best friend, who she lived with, used to tell her off for that. :)

No, new blog to me, but I shall check it out. Thanks!

Tickety: I'm glad you enjoyed them!

Madame Berg: Thank you!

paisleyapron: Yes, she was fun and fun-loving She adored dancing and could do the charleston.

Lina Sofia: Glad you like them! I'm sur eit was a picnic or similar, but I'm also sure the bottle doesn't contain wine. My grandmother was a complete teetotaller and one of her less charming qualities was her inability to accept that other may indulge. She simply wouldn't have gone on a picnic where wine was served. :)

Isis said...

rosie.alia: Indeed, she was! :D

LadyAugstaFredrika said...

Jag tycker också att ditt och din mormors leende är lika. Ni smilar verkligen med hela munnen.

Min mormor är född 1927. Någon gång på 40-talet (innan hon fyllt tjugo i alla fall) for hon till stan och lät klippa av sitt långa hår och locka det i en mer moderiktig frisyr. Sedan vågade hon inte gå hem till föräldrarna, eftersom hon mycket väl visste vad hennes mor tyckte om kvinnor och kort hår. Så hon smet in till sin gifta syster, för att skjuta på mötet. Snart dök modern upp i huset och undrade om inte dottern sett till lillasystern. Mormor gömde sig under visiten och drog sig sedan för att lämna systerns hem. Tillslut blev det sent - hon tänkte väl att föräldrarna gått till sängs - och så vågade hon sig äntligen iväg. Men i farstun väntade en sträng och högst vaken mor. När hon fick syn på den nya frisyren, sade hon något i stil med: "Det borde jag väl ha förstått. Gud har gett dig långt hår och då ska du också ha långt hår."

Men ack! For modet måste man även trotsa Gud! =P Eller i alla fall sina föräldrar...

Juliet Horror said...

She is beautiful.
And she looks like one of those out there women.

Isis said...

Lady Augusta: Tack! Vilken historia! Jag har en liknande historia om min mormor. Hennes mamma var ganska sträng, men hon hade några glada mostrar som drev pensionat i Kalmar, som min mormor alltid var hos på somrarna. Någon gång på 20-talet, när mormor var i sina tidigar tonår, så gick mostrarna och shinglade henne. Mormor var glad åt den moderna frisyren, men hennes mamma grät när hon kom hem utan sina långa lockar.

Juliet: Thank you! She was a person with a good appetite on life. :)

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

My grandmother taught me to sew also. I have very fond memories of she and I sitting at her old Singer sewing machine when I was a child.

Sari said...

Wow, what great pictures! I love the New Years Eve dress, that's just divine! Thank you so much for posting these.

The Dreamstress said...

Gorgeous! I particularly love her trench coat in the dairy picture (so timeless!), and the one with her and her friends - the dress & sweater with the asymmetrical buttons are just fabulous. She does have a beautiful smile, as do you!

Isis said...

Couture Allure: Yes, it's nice to have those memories!

Sari: Yes, I like that one too!

Dreasmtress: Yeah, I want that one! And thank you! :)

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