Saturday, October 2, 2010

The Apple Affair

Today was the Apple Affair at West Dean Gardens (which we visited last weekend). Appropriately, the Big Apple Dress made its long-awaited debut there! I finished stitching the hem last night. The event is centred around the walled orchard containing a collection of 100 different kinds of apple, including many Victorian varieties.

In addition to the walled kitchen gardens, West Dean House (now a college specialising in Arts & Crafts - if I was rich I'd love to take some of their courses, and normally closed to the public) was open, and we were able to see the entrance hall and three state rooms: the Music Room, the Library and the Dining Room (sounds like something out of Cluedo!).

It did rain for much of the afternoon, but not too heavily. We enjoyed it all the same - never have you seen so many apple-related products and activities, from apple-tasting to cider, juice, apple pie, toffee apples, an apple recipe book (which we bought and my sister promptly stole. Though to be fair she'll probably give us some of whatever she makes!)...

Dress, handmade by me from a late 30s pattern; Cherry umbrella and hair flower, New Look; Bangles, H&M; Belt, Topshop via ebay; 50s handbag, ebay. Photography by Mr Matin.

No fruit is more to our English taste than the Apple. Let the Frenchman have his Pear, the Italian his Fig, the Jamaican may retain his farinaceous Banana and the Malay his Durian, but for us the Apple.

--Edward Bunyard, 'Anatomy of Dessert'.


  1. Gosh I just love the apple dress it gorgeous! May I ask what pattern you used. Also what program do you use to make your photo collages?
    Emma x

  2. eeks! How DELICIOUS! LOVE that dress and what a lovely event!

  3. well isn't this entry just filled with sunshine and apples! teehee

  4. What a beautiful dress! and a great day out :)

  5. That dress is amazing, you did a great job!!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  6. YAY! I am hoping to do something similar for apple day here in Falkland which is the 17th of October! I love your dress-it came out great! And the umbrella and purse and belt are perfect compliments!

  7. What a pretty dress! You have incredible style - I'm ever so jealous:)

  8. I didn't STEAL it exactly. You know I'll look after it better than you anyway. Plus I'm a better cook :)

  9. Your dress is very cheery, even on a gloomy day. I love the way the red apples pop off the crisp white. Cute!

    ♥ Rebecca Jean
    Midnight Maniac

  10. I'm a bit late with this, just wanted to say I love that gorgeous dress, and this house looks completely beautiful.

  11. Wow...I just love your blog and all your very lovely clothes. I really love how your apple dress turned out. You did a fantastic job with it; congrats! I'm working my way thru all your posts.


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