Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Clara's Long Tunic and Skirt

With the turn of the century, the tight corsets of previous decades went out of fashion. As women learned of the detrimental health consequences from wearing corsets, more women refused to wear them. Softer, more natural outlines replaced the artificial shape and restrictiveness of corsets.

The Art Nouveau movement began to influence fashion, with soft outlines and artistic details. Asian influences also added to the flowing fashion designs of this era.

In the 1910s, the long tunic became a prevalent fashion design. The tunic was a long jacket or blouse, which was worn over a skirt. This tailored tunic outfit for Clara has an empire waistline, very popular in the early part of the decade. As the decade progressed, waistlines on dresses moved lower, ending up at the natural waistline.

Large hats were also very fashionable in this decade. In fact, hats in the late 1910s took on immense, wide-brimmed shapes. Lace-up boots were still in fashion at this time, especially for everyday wear.

Although you can color the dress, hat, and boots any way you like, white and pastels were popular in the early 1910s. Here are some shades that were used in fashion in the early part of the decade:

To print Clara's Tunic, use this PDF file:
Clara's Dress 3 (592k)

Clara is a free, printable paper doll. Clara will be available on this blog as long as I continue to post new fashion pages for her. You can read the introduction for the Clara paper doll here.

To print the Clara paper doll, use this PDF file:
The Clara Paper Doll (718k)

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1 comment:

  1. I love this one! Maybe I should have lived in the 1910s. :)