"She came with little skimming steps across the grass and across the gravel path, very slow, very rhythmic. Unlike her daughters she paid a lot of attention to her dress. She wore white muslin decorated with violets, and a violet shawl. The muslin flowed from a high yoke: she was uncorseted, with a simple violet sash. Her gleaming hair was coiled on her head, and pinned with silk violets."
"She herself was also dressed in clothes constructed from altered hand-downs, covered with faded golden lilies and birds and pomegranates. What she wanted was a sleek, dark, business-like skirt and a fresh while shirt with a collar, that would show off her narrow waist."
"She was handsome and golden: her hat had English meadow flowers on brown linen, a pale coffee-brown linen dress was trimmed with creamy lace. She had a pointed belt not unlike Elsie's, and a row of little bright silk flowers round the neck of her dress."
"Violet said she would make Dorothy a dress ... It should be deep rose, perhaps, or dark blue, maybe in shot taffeta with a glow in it. Dark blue like the midnight sky, said Violet, and insisted on taking Dorothy on an excursion to London, for if she was to have a grown-up dress she must have some sort of shaping bodice. Everything this year, in the magazines, was lacy. She had the idea of making a lacy jacket - not in bright white, in some silvery thread - with short sleeves and a collar that would stand up when Dorothy had put her hair up."
A stand-up collar!
And check out the clothing at this wedding in a cold church on 27th December:
"Florence had a very smart slate-coloured grosgrain long coat over a blue-crocus-coloured dress; her hat was severe crocus-grey tulle, to match... Pomona was the only bridesmaid, in a dark-grey velvet gown, decorated with violets. The same flowers were round the brim of her hat... Seraphita was wrapped in a feather-edged robe in a kind of thick complicated tapestry, purple with grey and silver, edged with dyed swansdown and ostrich plumes... Imogen Fludd laid down the stone hot-water bottle she had been clutching, picked up her sheaf of hothouse lilies and walked through the church. She was wearing shimmering silvery velvet, very plain, with a high white fur collar, and big white fur cuffs."
Crocus-grey tulle! White fur cuffs!
Read any good books recently?