Thanks to a sewing girlfriend I was greeted by a 1940s fashion inspiration sewing tutorial link that sent me off on a 1940s fashion inspiration tirade in cyberspace plus made my day. Sew much so that I had to blog about it and share with you. Can you say any excuse to hoard, post, and share pictures? I like the way Annie Rosean put it:
“There’s something incredibly attractive about fashion from the 1940s. With special attention to cuts that fell on all the right places, this was a period that defined what is today known as “classic”.
When I began my sojourn into making vintage style clothing for my wardrobe makeover I thought my interests were confined to the 1950s. Oh how wrong I was? Really, I should have known better because for one shoulder pads have always caught my eye. I like how they reshape the silhouette making the waist appear smaller. They are featured in pre-1950 fashions. As seen in the photograph below shoulder width was emphasized via the use of pads. “The prevailing shape at the time became starker, highlighting the specific contours of the body rather than draping and disguising them in softness.”
I had to include this beautiful coif. I just might try this when my hair grows back. Too bad I wasn’t into retro hairstyles before I cut mine all off last year. Oh, I probably would have cut it anyway, I was tired of it. Yet, I digress, this reminds me, if any of you know of vintage style make-up and hair tips for women of color will you please stand up? I am continually searching for such information on the web and have yet to find anything significant.
Words of the day in the early 40s because of the war:
Requisitioning of fabric; i.e., silk, nylon, and clothing dye became the norm. Attire became all about practicality versus high fashion. “Simple blouses and un-elaborate jackets becoming predominant.” I just learned that man-made fabric came on the scene during the 40’s out of necessity. Makes a lot of sense.
Tales of the “Feedsack Dress” reside in the recesses of my mind but did not know they were real! Humph, these don’t look half as bad as the name implies. However, when you think of why they came about I am sure they were not the preferred frock.
Apparently Rosie wasn’t the only one riveting in the 40’s.
Sobriety from electronic sewing machines since 2012