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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 …

How to turn the Scroop Wonders Unders Singlet Camisole into a V-neck

June is singlet camisole & slip season. Here in the Southern Hemisphere, I’m wearing a Wonder Unders singlet under my merino tops, or a Wonder Unders slip under a wool dress nearly every day. And if I was in the Northern Hemisphere, I’d be doing the same thing under sheer blouses and frocks. Buy the Scroop Wonder Unders Here In honour of the season, here is one of my favourite hacks of the Scroop Wonder Unders pattern: turning the singlet camisole or dress slip pattern into a V-neck. It’s super easy, and very helpful when you need one under a V-necked top, and don’t want it to show. I’ll be demonstrating on a singlet camisole (well, actually, two singlet camisoles – so you’ll see the two different types of elastic), but it’s exactly the same process for the dress slip You’ll need: A Scroop Wonder Unders singlet camisole or dress slip, completed except for the neck binding & hemming The binding elastic called for in the pattern, + 1 1/2″ / 3cm more length. (And …