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.

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