Wednesday, January 26, 2011

1910-1919 Inspiration Pieces

I participating in  "Sew Through The Decades" on Max California's blog aka "Queen of The Trailer Park"   She was inspired by the same challenge over at A Lemon Squeezy Home last year.

This week is 1910-1919 and I went in search of inspirations.  The Costumer's Manifesto indicates:
Dress from WWI to WWII
The First World War (1914-1918) had a pronounced effect on women's fashion in the Western world.  Several trends that had roots in the decades prior to the war, were rapidly accelerated by wartime conditions.  The most lasting change happened to women's hemlines.  Hems which had risen from floor length to ankle length prior to the war, rose to mid calf length by 1916, and have stayed that high, or higher, ever since."
It also indicated:
"Ladies wore these shorter styles with sexy heeled shoes and flesh toned silk stockings, not high button boots."

Below is a fashion show for 1917 that was from the above site from Youtube.  It is kind of creepy to watch as the "model" looks like she is walking on eggshells and that "fur" cape with the animal head looks like it is perched to attack - creepy, but had possibilities to go with a campy non-real animal version.

Ageless Patterns has some patterns for inspirations,one being and evening clutch

Another inspiration is one of the first "movie" stars, even though it was in silent films, being Theda Bara in "Cleopatra" - to racy for everyday wear, for sure, but has lingerie possibilities.

Another landmark event from this decade besides the war was the sinking of the Titanic in 1912.

If I had more time, I would consider making something inspired by one of these gown from the the movie the "Titanic", but just not going to have time to do this by the end of this weekend - perhaps a future project.

Another inspiration from the Titanic is Rose's comb from the movie the "Titanic" that was made by J. Peterman company (a replica is currently on sale on $999 on Ebay, although to make a replica probably the only sewing might be attaching the butterfly to a comb.

As payday is not until next week, I will just have to see what is in my fabric/craft stash and see what I can come up with over the weekend.

If you are interested in participating and more details, click the box below.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

1900-1910 Challenge - Chemise

This is part of  "Sew Through The Decades" challenge here and this week is 1900-1910.

For this challenge I had originally was going to make a near ankle length 8 gores skirt with scallops at the edge and a paper bag waist, but due to health problems this week I ran out of time and needed to go with something a little simpler.

I went in search of new inspirations and found one at Utah Education Network that had a listing of 1900-1910 Fashions.

It described clothing of the period "formal and uncomfortable"  and listed several items as an example - as I wanted to go for something that was comfortable I decided to go with a chemise (pictured left), but more my interpretation and modernized one.

A chemise was a loose fitting undergarment worn over a corset but underneath clothing made out of white linen with embroidery.  I plan on wearing it as a nightshirt.

For this challenge, I cut the sleeves and collar of an oversized short sleeved man's shirt, then cut a deeper rounded neckline in the front.  I tore one of the sleeves lenghtwise in to 1 1/2 inch strips and sewed the together then gathered 1/2 inch from the edge, then stitched the strip around the neckline and the pocket using a decorative embroidery stitch.

The "flower" on the side opposite of the pocket is the same concept except the sewn together at the edges, pinned down to the shirt in the shape of a flower and stitched over the gathering with the same decorative embroidery stitch.   I also took it in slightly below the lower armhole on each side as the armhole opening was too wide.

I will probably write a more detailed tutorial and post at Cut Out And Keep later because I pretty much made it up as I went along, but I wanted to get this posted tonight.


For more info on the challenge, click here.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

1900-1909 Inspiration Pieces

I am going to participate in  "Sew Through The Decades" on Max California's blog aka "Queen of The Trailer Park"   She was inspired by the same challenge over at A Lemon Squeezy Home last year.

First up is 1900-1909 from Jan 16- Jan 22 - 1900-1909.  As I do want to make something that someone will actually wear, I plan on using some of the following for inspiration to come up with a modernized version, although I have not decided for sure what I will make.  If nothing else, could adapt to make Barbie clothes for future grandchildren.

This was spotted over at a blog I follow What I Found which features vintage ads and patterns.

From other searches it seems like cinched waists, corsets, puffy sleeves, gored skirts and scalloped edges were in fashion.

Scalloped Skirt for 1900-1909 Decade Challenge 

A Lemon Squeezy Home came up with the above cute scalloped little girls skirt for her challenge last year

1903 Nine Gored Skirt over at Vintage Pattern Lending Library

 Here are some 1909 aprons for under "working clothes on Wikipedia

Max California posted that she will be focusing mainly on mens fashions for this challenge to see her post click  here.   I plan on figuring out by this weekend what to make and start working on it and will post what I make when I am done.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sewing Through the Decades

Things have been so hectic and busy, I haven't had much time for crafting or creating much as my life has been more like a country and western song the past few months, but I do intend to schedule some creative some at least once a week and when I read of the "Sew Through The Decades" on Max California's blog aka "Queen of The Trailer Park"  I decided this would be a fun challenge as I love vintage clothing.   She was inspired by the same challenge over at A Lemon Squeezy Home last year.

The schedule is as follows in case anyone else would be interested in participating:

Jan 16- Jan 22 - 1900-1909
Jan 23- Jan 29 - 1910-1919
Jan  30- Feb 5 - 1920-1929
Feb 6 - Feb 12 - 1930-1939
Feb 13 - Feb 19 - 1940-1949
Feb 20 - Feb 26 - 1950-1959
Feb 27 - Mar 5 - 1960-1969
Mar 6 - Mar 12 - 1970-1979
Mar 13 - Mar 19 - 1980-1989
Mar 20 - Mar 26 - 1990-1999
Mar 27 - Apr 2 - 2000-2010

For more info on the challenge, click here.

Per the challenge request, I will also be posting toYour Lemon Squeezy Home Flickr Pool.