When embarking on an Edwardian era sewing project it is critical to look at fabrics, colors, and textures to re-create the most authentic outfit possible. Prior to 1910 finding color illustrations or swatches of fabrics is very difficult. My collection is growing but heavily favors the late teens when color printing was more economical. The … Read More about Edwardian Fabrics 1900-1919, WW1, Titanic
Creating your dream costume or vintage inspired wardrobe begins with a little fashion history. What did women and men wear? Where did they wear it to? How do I create an authentic look?
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“The Bride appears at her loveliest in the new fitted and moulded gowns with long, sweeping lines” Vogue, 1930. Gone were the drop waist short wedding dresses of the 1920s. In were bias cut gowns that slimmed the body in shiny silk, rayon or satin. Necklines were high, sleeves were long and accessories were regal. It … Read More about 1930s Wedding History
So, you have bought your tickets to your next swing event and are planning what you are going to wear. You probably have taken some lessons and are more comfortable with the dancing and now it is time to add some style to your craft without sacrificing comfort. The main problem is that vintage … Read More about Men’s Swing Dance Clothing, Vintage Dance Clothes
On June 12, 2011 Oscar and I tied the knot in a vintage Victorian themed wedding. Seven years later I think it’s about time I shared the details our of wedding, the planning, the party and especially my wedding dress and the grooms’ attire. How We Met Oscar and I met May 1st, 2009 at a bar. At least … Read More about Victorian Wedding Theme – Vintage Wedding Reception
Second to gangsters, 1920s costumes for men in the form of a banker, ragtime piano player/musician /barbershop quartet singer or bartender are popular men’s outfits. These are fun, seemingly casual outfits that don’t need a full 3-piece suit to pull off the look. What they all have in common is the use of sleeve garters which historically were … Read More about 1920s Bartender, Banker, Barbershop Quartet Costume
With a change in women’s fashion from flat chested tubes of the 1920s to a natural feminine silhouette, women’s 1930s lingerie played an even more critical role. As of 1929 women had waists at the waistline, breasts that were small but lifted, and flat tummies with narrow hips. An elongated figure was still the overall … Read More about 1930s Lingerie Styles – Bra, Underwear, Girdle, Stockings