Hot! More Diamond Jubilee Inspiration

Here’s a great piece from Vogue about Queen Elizabeth II’s lifetime of wardrobe choices. If you’re still trying to figure out what to make to represent next week’s theme, here are a few key aspects that define her wardrobe:

Her hems are weighed down so they don’t blow up; her skirts must be long enough for dignity sitting on a podium or descending airplane steps; her fabrics mustn’t crease; her colors must stand out in a crowd; and her hats must show her face. And yet, the messages that accompany the outfits are much more interesting than that, and particularly so on state visits. On these occasions, there is an international relations mission to be accomplished. And here the wardrobe plays a vital part.

And what a gorgeous portrait from 1942.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Hi – Love the idea of a Diamond Jubilee theme – I have been a big fan of the Queen for many years and actually got to meet and speak with her in 1985 when she was visiting Toronto.

    I thought you and your readers might appreciate this website – Dress for the Occasion – this site is fabulous,you can magnify the images to see the fabulous embroidery detail on the Queen’s gowns.

    As a bit of trivia my Dad’s neighbour used to work for Hartnell as a beader and actually worked on her coronation gown!

    I look forward to seeing everyone’s creations for this theme.

  2. Thanks for posting this. Although untrue to form this week I actually finished early.

  3. So, how are we Britons planning to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee?