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The Otari Hoodie Sew Along #2: Pattern Alterations & Cutting

In the last Otari Hoodie Sew Along post I covered choosing fabric. Now that you have your fabric, it’s time to do any pattern alterations you need to get the fit you want. Buy the Otari Hoodie Pattern Here   Choosing your size First, you need to pick your general size.  I recommend choosing your size for the Otari based on your bust size, grading out or in to your hip size. I’m a 38″ bust, so I’ll be making a size 38. You also want to check the Finished Garment Measurements (the second and last columns in the image above). You can see from these that the Otari is cut with lot of ease in the bust and waist, (the finished bust measurement for a size 38″ is 44″), and a tiny bit of easy in the hips (finished measures of 43″ for 42″ hips).  This provides a garment that allows a lot of movement in the shoulders, chest and arms, and that floats over the waist, and sits fairly smoothly over the hips …

Building Your Own 1910s & WWI Wardrobe: Blouses, Skirts & Suits

Continuing on my series on making your own 1910s & WWI era wardrobe (with a focus on 1914-19), here are patterns for making your classic separates: blouses, skirts & suits. The patterns I’ve included here are from pattern companies I’ve made items from, or have helped students or friends make items from, and can recommend on that basis. I have not included pattern companies that I do not recommend, or pattern companies I have seen or tested in any way. I did not include patterns that are essentially modern blocks updated with a period aesthetic: I find that they rarely give the correct look. Hope you find it helpful! Blouses: Multi Sized:  Wearing History: Edwardian 1910s blouse & guimpe: suitable for earlier 1910s impressions, and less up-to-date and fashionable later 1910s impressions. Wearing History: Elsie 1910s WWI blouse: The perfect mid-1910s blouse Folkwear 1918 Armistice Blouse: I’m including this, but with caveats.  The more I look at this pattern, and compare it to period originals, the more it looks to me like the pattern was …

Gossard Corsets ad, The Designer Oct 1916, thedreamstress.com

Building your own 1910s & WWI Wardrobe: The Undergarments

It’s less than a month until Costume College 2018, and my instagram and facebook feeds are full of people panic-sewing for the event.  I’m not going this year, but all the excitement has reminded me of the talks I did last year, and how I’ve never put most of that information online. In a timely coincidence, a number of people have asked me recently what my favourite Edwardian & WWI era patterns are, and how I built my wardrobe for my Fortnight in 1916 living-history project. One of my talks at Costume College last year was ‘The Great War Wardrobe‘: an in-depth exploration of WWI era home-front fashion, along with a guide on how to build a complete wardrobe from the period.  I’m still working out how to turn the fashion history side of the class into workable blog posts, but will (hopefully) get those sorted and polished soon. For now, here is a quick series on where to get patterns to make a 1910s (with a focus on 1914-19) era wardrobe. The patterns I’ve …