All posts tagged: 1910s

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 …

White Crepe De Chine Afternoon Dress With Rose Velvet Waist Girdle, 1910-1915, Goldstein Museum of Design, 1977.031.004

Rate the Dress: Not-Quite Snow White & Rose Red 1910s Day Dress

We’ve been on a great run of high scores for Rate the Dress.  Last week’s dinner dress elicited lots of words like ‘smart’ and ‘restrained’ and ‘elegant’.  I feel pretty confident predicting that this week’s 1910s day dress won’t be getting quite those words – but there are other ways to compliment a frock!  Let’s see if it is compliments, or criticism. Last week: A ca. 1820 dinner dress in chiné silk As mentioned, very positive reactions. The Total: 9.2 out of 10 Another winner! This week: This week I’m going from dark to light, but to a garment and era that actually repeats many of the same shapes and design lines seen ca. 1820, just not in an immediately obvious way.  Start looking, and you’ll see how many are there, from the V-shaped upper bodice interest, to the horizontal hem embellishments. The long sleeves and general design of the dress mark it as daywear.  However, the layering of luxe silk and lace fabrics, and inclusion of the bold rose-red velvet sash are elements more typical …