Learning the skills of dressmaking has always been on the periphary of my interests but I have never actually gotten around to doing anything about it. I see fabulous outfits in the top end fashion magazines, I look and laugh at their ugliness most of the time. Whereas when I see any womens’ magazine from the 1940s up to the end of the 1960s, my heart strings are pulled whenever I spy a gorgeous little suit from the Chanel classic range. I have always been on the tall slender end of the spectrum. Yes, dead lucky. But it is not without effort. I could be the size of a small bungalow if I didn’t take precautions with food & sweets. However, for clothes purchasing in my teens, this was a nightmare. Having long legs presented problems with off the peg garments that a good dressmaking skill could have addressed througout my adult life!