Did anyone else have a ganders at this on Sunday? The Beeb's new period drama, set in 1934 and based on novel by Winifred Holtby (who died shortly after finishing the novel, so it was published posthumously).
I have to say I rather liked it... a good main story line and lots of sub plots to get my teeth into, plus some fabulous "real" costumes... I love a good costume drama that portrays real life. Don't get me wrong... a good swoon over a glitzy frock and perfectly coiffed tresses is enjoyable too. But watching South Riding made vintage dressing suddenly seem far more accessible and made me feel like I was doing it right in an every day way... For instance, my hair... It does not stay pristine and curled like Lady Percy's in Upstairs Downstairs (but oh how I wish it did)
But, when curled and post a dose of blustery wind it does end up looking somewhat like this...
|Headmistress Sarah Burton, played by Anna Maxwell Martin|
OOO and look at that coat! the collar the colour (and a rather smashing little two piece beneath too!)! I loved all of Anna's wardrobe and am now hunting out replicas.. especially a little green blouse she wore with a pointed hem so it looked a bit like a waistcoat.... she teamed it with a fitted and flared navy blue skirt... oh my it looked the biz, and perfect for everyday wear. I've been having a hunt to no avail... but am thinking as a first sewing project if making such a blouse would be fairly simple? How about a calf length 30s skirt too? Seamstresses... please give me your thoughts!
Another drool worthy outfit was her suit she wore in the opening scene...
The same waistcoat hem feature on the top, and a lovely length skirt. So chic but rather real and normal. I loved the use of colour too. Throughout the programme muted hues were mainly used for costume... so this dramatic red and white splash when you first see Miss Burton really created an impact.
Can't wait till Sunday now!