23 February 2011

An Isabel Green Wardrobe

I'm not yet sure this will make it to the 'publish post' button and actually to 'my creative space' but it's something I've been thinking about for a while and I  just want to kind of officially 'log' it as an idea in the hope that it might actually inspire me to see it through. I find that sometimes, if I blog about an idea I feel like I have committed myself to it.

Have you seen any of the Nanny McPhee films? As well as being great stories, hilariously funny with awesome casts, they have THE BEST wardrobe and set design ever.


Check out those quilts, the brass beds and the floor rugs.


The miss-matched fine english china, the chicken on the dresser! the rear stable door to the kitchen.


Don't you just love that couch......oh so cute! And the blue painted wooden shelves for the special occasion blue willow china. Here lives Isabel Green. Mum to three 'free range' children, part-time assistant at the local shop and upkeeper of the most beautiful farm. Not only does she have the most adorable children and the most perfect farm house I've ever dreamed of living in, she also has a very impressive wardrobe. And this is where my idea is.


I have set myself a challenge to make myself an Isabel Green wardrobe!!! I love this beautiful blue tea dress, with the blue/purple lace cardi.


Dresses like these are just so easy and comfortable to wear. Feminine and flattering, cool on warm days, great with slips underneath on early autumn days and with jeans/tights and boots in the winter.


I already have a dress similiar to this one sitting at the back of my wardrobe which with the aid of a couple of doilies (although not splattered - private joke), I'm sure I can refashion successfully to resemble this.


But this coat is my absolute favourite. I just love the bright green colour. And when she first wears it in the film, in amongst all the choas she accidentally puts it on inside out and you see the beautiful floral lining. It'll be a very special project this one, one that needs super special attention.

There's nothing like setting yourself a little challenge hey? I'm fearful I may be biting off more than I can chew here though, the costume designer was also responsible for atonement and pride and prejudice.

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10 comments:

delia hornbook said...

LOL....;-)) You can do it hun be great fun to try anyway, but if you can make childrens clothes it will be easy for you ;-)) Love and hugs dee xx

Allana said...

Gosh - I KNOW!! I LOVE the sets and costumes from both of these movies in EVERY way! I love that they are both so different but so ecclectically the same. I also love the filming - the part where she is going to the door and it is filmed to look like she is wading through water/almost drowning pulls at my mummy heart strings every time. I can't wait to see what you create, it will be divine!! :)

m.e (Cathie) said...

i agree with Dee, you can at least have fun trying!
looking forward to seeing your creations. I will definitely be in awe of you as I am hopeless and my seams don't do what they are supposed to!

Bugalugs aka Jacqui said...

What a lovely wardrobe to aspire too. I too feel like sometimes if I post something on my blog or talk about an idea with others it then commits me to making or at least trying to make my idea a reality. I'm sure you can do it!

michelle said...

love the way you think. i adore those movies and never get sick of the sets and clothes. can't wait to see that coat come in to being

eat my shorts said...

That green coat is lovely, so are the tea dresses - look forward to seeing how you go!

Seaweed and Raine said...

Hmmm... I think you may be right - to a point. That green coat is delish, and I could SO wear a couple of those dresses... I think you need to work on your wardrobe and then inspire us ;)

Een sneller kloppend hart said...

I LOVE this movie! :-)

Indigo Rose said...

Please Help!!! I am desperately wanting to purchase the green coat worn by 'Mrs. Green' (in the picture above), but cant find the designer or any information about this coat anywhere. If anyone can provide me with any information about this coat, I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you!

Deb Teikamata said...

I just love the blue/purple lace cardi! The costumes and set is heavenly

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