Saturday, July 21, 2012

Spectator Sports

The 2000 Ashton Drake Gene Marshall costume "Croquet, Anyone?" is a perfect example of the early 1940's fashion trend called Spectator Sports.  The look is "mannish" in a feminine way, highlighted by tailored garments and accessories in natural fibers.

The original "Croquet, Anyone?" outfit designed by Lynne Day is white linen with powder blue topstitching.  As you may remember in an earlier post, I dyed it a rich charcoal grey.

"Azure Elegance" Madra Lord wears my dyed version of "Croquet, Anyone?".  I designed the hat and purse to go with the new look.  The gloves are from Ashton Drake, and the fabulous shoes are from Integrity.  I was so pleased with the results, I decided to pick up another outfit to dye.  This time I wanted to go lighter in color. 

A restyled "To Have and To Hold" Gene Marshall wears my latest version of "Croquet, Anyone?".  This color was called "wild mink" in the 1940's.  The dress turned out great, the jacket did not!  I guess it pays to be a fabric hoarder, because I found this wonderful vintage fabric in my stash that went perfectly with the new dress color.  I took apart the jacket to make a new pattern resulting in this revised version.  The hat is from Ashton Drake's "Fashion Plot" ensemble, fur drape from PD Root, and gauntlet gloves from The Couture Touch.

Set Credits:
Backdrop from
Table from CED
Phone from Ashton Drake's "Hot Day in Hollywood" Accessory Set


  1. Oh, so she IS To Have and to Hold". Cool! I wondered which Gene would have looked so much like that...

    1. She is a beauty. Thanks Peppermint Snowdrift!