Fashions and Trends in Far Cotton

1920sIce skating popular, many rinks also went on the roller skating rinks. Charleston considered outrageous. As was rock and roll in the 50ís and the Jive brought in by American servicemen
1930ísCigarette cards collected from packs on every type of subject. Some now valuable. Ladies clothes trimmed with handmade pillow lace before lace machines were invented. People made lace in their own homes to supplement their income. Culottes worn by socialites before women wore trousers. Trouser stated for women during Second World War when doing "menís work"
1940ísClothes were made with false pockets or no pockets no gathers or pleats to save on cloth. Also Adult clothes were unpicked and cut down for childrenís wear as new cloth was not available. Even jumpers were unpicked and reknitted. If machine knitted the sleeve made mittens and the body pixie hats. Rugs were pegged onto sacking with cloth strips to make warm flooring Turbans worn instead of hats whilst working over steel curlers
1940ísA line of skirts came in Show styles for women changed dramatically after the war shortages finished and leather became available.
1950ísclothes changed slowly as rations went and cloth became available and the utility symbols gradually disappeared
1960'sFishnet underskirts under very full skirts were the order of the day. A real eyeful on a red bus. Then mini skirts, flower power or long skirts.
1970'sHot pants and Ra Ra skirts not suitable for all shapes.

There were two clothing manufactures in Far Cotton between 1960 and the mid 80ís. Lilliputs on Rothersthorpe Avenue, part of David Verblows of Leighton Buzzard. This company made mainly childrenís outer wear for M&S or Woolworths/Ladybird and later on Ladies jackets. They employed between 30 to 50 workers and had outdoor machinists to who they delivered sewing daily. Most of the workers were from Far Cotton but some staff were picked up around the town in a van at 7 in the morning and dropped off at night. For a time they also ran a pre school nursery first in a house at Rothersthorpe later at Kingsthorpe. It was quite a family atmosphere.

The other company was on South Bridge Road owned by Mr and Mrs Collins. Later Highspear. This was mainly ladies fashions from the late 60ís. Think they used to advertise in the Tivoli cinema during intermission.

Shoes changed dramatically from clogs to boots to flat button over shoes and on to button up the sides of boots. Then on to high heels, strappy sandels, pointed toes square toes, thick soles, narrow heels that damaged floors in public places and the men had many changes too. Like "Beetle crushers" "Brothel Creepers" "Winkle Pickers" "Cowboy Boots" "Platforms" Now it seems to be mostly trainers of some sort or another.

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