Thursday, 20 April 2017

Making Vintage 1920s Clothes for Women


Making Vintage 1920s Clothes for Women is my new book published by the Crowood Press, summer 2017. It features 15 detailed projects for garments and accessories including a pair of fashionably daring beach pyjamas, the wedding dress of a bride from East Sussex and two striped holiday frocks.

All garments are based on original pieces held in the collections at two museums - Worthing Museum and Brighton Museum.
All projects include scaled patterns, line drawings, step-by-step photographs and instructions, photographs of the original garments and the finished reproductions.

Researching involved visiting the archives at each museums several times, identifying projects, making sketches, taking photographs, taking measurements, writing notes on fabrics, style features and manufacturing details.

The book also includes a history of everyday fashion and home dressmaking in the 1920s with further chapters on tools, fabrics and trimmings, and techniques and measurements.


The top image shows one of the projects on a table in the archive. Above, its collar is stretched out flat for measuring and you can see the red laundry mark sewn at the centre back. Below is a sample of step-by-step photos showing how the reproduction collar was made.









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