Do your retro sewing plans include 1920’s clothing this year? With the Artist winning the Academy Award for best picture, Ralph Lauren’s 1920’s inspired spring line, and the upcoming remake of the Great Gatsby movie we are in for a 1920’s revival. Once I started to see the trend (at about the same time I bought my vintage house build in 1920) I immediately got to work researching my next fashion history book: 1920’s Style Guide.
As part of my research I came across a great little booklet written by 20’s fashion designer Paul Poiret. In the booklet he gives advice on choosing the best fashions for your particular body. Your height, shape, hair color, and skin tone all play a part in determining what colors and styles of clothing will look best on you.
If you think 20’s dresses were made for thin ladies with no chest well you are in for a surprise. When looking at patterns you can choose a dress that features certain necklines, colors, fabrics, and decorative details that enhance your look regardless if you fit the “normal” 20’s body or not. A well-chosen pattern, color and fabric can make or break your final outfit. I know I have personally made far too many outfits because I loved the pattern, or found a great fabric, but ultimately they were the wrong choice. That’s when I started to research fashion etiquette by decade and it’s made all the different in my clothing.
To help you get started with 1920’s fashion I put together a free little ebooklet capturing Paul Poiret’s advice for dressing in the best 20’s fashions for your body type. I’ve included some examples of clothing, hats and hairstyles to give you an idea of what patterns to choose. I have found it incredibly helpful already as I am beginning to work on a 1920’s garden party dress for a Great Gatsby tea party I am attending this summer.
The 1920’s Fashion for Your Body type ebooklet is free to download, no registration required, and free to share with your friends and blog followers. It’s my little gift back to the vintage sewing community who have made my enthusiasm for sewing vintage clothing so much more addicting. Thank you for the opportunity to share my latest project. I’ll be back again to share how my 1920’s party dress turns out!
What 20’s clothes are you planning to make this year?