Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snug as a Bug

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Snug as a Bug

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Byline: By Vicky Pepys

Depending on your age, you can get very different answers as to what you wore when you were little. Me? I remember a blue wool coat with a velvet collar. My mum had a similar one, and so did Nana.

It's only when you probe deeper that you find out it was actually the same coat.

Originally a large adult size, turned inside out, relined for mother, cut down and re-jigged for me; but my sister had a `go' with it, for at least a year before me. I wondered why we all looked similar in family snaps!

A friend of mine, Ray, a little younger, can only remember his fake fur dressing gown. Originally his grandmother's best Sunday coat and used more as a bedcover. He was obviously very fond of it.

Some remember more than others. Jenny can only remember a bow in her hair. Sandy's favourite shirt was embellished with a Muffin the Mule motif and Angela's auntie knitted an endless supply of lime green cardigans.

Vinny remembers hand-knitted vests for her delicate chest under pretty pink dresses with smocking embroidery. Lee, much younger than all of us, remembers brown denim dungarees circa late 70s (also popular in blue at the time), which is when portrait photographers also came on the scene, and everyone of that era possibly has a similar picture!

The question is, can any of us remember in detail what we wore and did it matter as long as we were warm and protected against the elements? And more importantly did we have any choice?

The thought of questioning the line of neatly placed vest, liberty bodice, blouse, pullover, dirndl skirt, long socks and anorak never entered our heads. Especially if they had been put to warm on the fireguard and had a faint singed smell. We just felt loved.

Gaynor Scandle is an agent for the popular children's clothing label Seesaw and sells the line in North Northumberland, the Tynedale Valley, and as far as Brampton in the West.

You'll see Gaynor at agricultural shows and gift fairs, usually in the craft areas. The clothing line is classed as `crafts' as it is hand-made and has made its name by being reversible and good value for money; two pairs of trousers for the price of one. …

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