Muriel May Stone • She Tailored the Clothes They Wore
Sue Stone grew up surrounded by tweed, serge, and worsted fabrics. She learned to sew at an early age and the word ‘Tailored’ has a very personal meaning for her. In 1928 aged 14 her Mum, Muriel May Stone was apprenticed to a tailor. She trained professionally and then worked in the bespoke tailoring department of a large department store in her hometown of Grimsby until her marriage. Muriel may have had to stop going out to work when she married, but she never gave up tailoring and so Sue and her sister, Jean wore the Sunday best suits, coats, and jackets that Muriel lovingly made for them.
Sue’s Dad, Fred was a picture of sartorial elegance and always wore a fashionable suit. He wore a 3 piece as a young man consisting of ultra fashionable plus fours, waistcoat, single breasted jacket and Argyll socks around 1929/30, and double breasted and chalk striped in the 1940s usually wore with a white shirt and a tweed or silk tie. He wore a suit every day until his retirement when he reluctantly donned a more casual sports jacket or cardigan and slacks.