‘Not The Iron Lady’ Dress
Fabric Navy blue polka dot jersey £5.00 for 3 metres, ebay
Pattern BurdaStyle Magazine June 2011 – V neck dress with pleats, with a couple of changes.
Time to complete Less than 3 hours
First worn Today, all day
Wear again? Definitely
Total price Approx. £3.00
Film The Iron Lady – Best Actress Oscar Nomination 2012 for Meryl Streep, for her portrayal of Margaret Thatcher
Confession time. I am not a fan of Margaret Thatcher, The Iron Lady. I admit to a grudging admiration for a woman who managed to raise a family and run a country on just four hours sleep a night. And she was a woman who stuck to her principles, whatever the consequences. However as someone who grew up through the Thatcher era I can’t say it was much fun for normal folk. High interest rates led to people I knew being made homeless. The Poll Tax riots. Whole communities out of work due to local industries closing down. I can’t help wondering if maybe a couple more hours sleep a night would have made her see things differently and altered the course of history?
She did have a certain style though, something they definitely picked up on in the film. When I picture Lady Thatcher she is always in blue, with a pussycat bow. I got the picture of her here from Missy Vintage’s blog post on Iron Lady fashion
Buoyed by last weeks triumph in jersey I reached for another polka dot knit from my stash. In blue, so that ticked one box. I wanted something quick and easy so I chose the V neck dress pattern from last June’s edition of Burda style magazine. I extended the collar so I could tie it in a bow at the front, another Iron Lady inspired touch.
However as you can see, apart from the bow and the colour all resemblance to Margaret Thatcher’s look has kind of gone out the window. I just wasn’t feeling Thatcher, but I figured noone would mind too much. The challenge was ‘inspired by’ wasn’t it, not ‘copy’. And although without a belt my dress looked a little sack-like it’ll do for work. With a belt it is perfect for weekends running round after the kids. A keeper, I think.