Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Clara's 1900 Jacket Dress

Today's dress is a cute outfit I would buy for my daughters if it was available... maybe without the wide lace ruffle on the neck. But this dress looks like it would be fun to twirl.

The dress is from about 1900-1904. It has a cute bolero-style jacket worn over a fitted bodice. A belt separates the top from a wide skirt, flared and full. The entire outfit is trimmed with rows of ribbons. Clara has a pair of dancing slippers to go with the dress, decorated with ribbons, bows, and some rivets in a pattern on the toes. Finally, Clara has a cute little straw hat with some daisies and bows to top off her outfit.

For the 1900s, this hat is pretty conservative. Over the first decade of the 1900s, hat brims grew from modest widths to brims of ridiculous proportions. By 1910, hats had extremely wide brims, worn with feathers, bows, ribbons, and even entire stuffed birds. It's funny how fashions that seem reasonable at the time are quite silly in retrospect.

The original dress is a beautiful shade of rose pink for the jacket and skirt, with a white bodice. The original hat is a natural golden straw hat with white daisies, blue flowers, some purple ribbons, and a bunch of green leaves. I skipped a lot of the stuff on the hat, because it was just too much. The original shoes were a dark brown leather with brown satin ribbons, gold edge bows, and brass rivets.

In the 1900s, white and pastels were very popular for clothing. Fancier clothing and evening gowns would have bright jewel tones, but day wear was more muted. Here are some colors found in clothing from about 1900:


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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Clara's 1980s Jumper

After I finished Clara's outfit for this week, I looked at her, and she looked very hot. Maybe it was just because we were in Maryland and it was 92° with very high humidity. It was sticky and I couldn't imagine anyone wanting to wear a turtleneck in that weather. Now, back here in Arizona today it's about 108°. Even hotter than Maryland and definitely not turtleneck weather.

Now, I never did like wearing turtlenecks, even though they were quite popular in the 80s, when I was a teen. The high neck made me feel claustrophobic. But they were the style for winter wear for quite a while, and you know Clara needs to be stylish. Clara's outfit for today is a cute Jumper with some daisies. The stems of the daisies decorate the edge of two pleats that give the jumper a little flare. And I made a version with a t-shirt instead of the turtleneck, so Clara gets a summer and winter version of her jumper.

Clara's shoes are penny loafers... back in style from the 1950s, along with some bobby socks. The penny loafers could be black or brown, or they could be dyed blue, green, red or teal. For some of those who may not be familiar with penny loafers, there is a little slot in the top of the shoe... a sort of pocket made by the design cut into the band across the shoes. You would tuck a penny in each little pocket as a fashion statement of some sort. It was one of those inexplicable fads that seem logical at the time, but just look silly now.

In the 1980s, bright colors and patterns were very popular. The original jumper was grey with red and white daisies. The turtleneck was ivory. The penny loafers were plain black leather. Along with black, white, and gray, here are some colors found in the clothing of the 80s:


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Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Clara's 1885 Formal Dress

Clara is dressed in a formal dress for a dance or evening party. With lace and ribbons and ruffles, the dress is quite typical of fashion designs from this era. In the 1880s, bustles returned to popularity, but this time with a narrower silhouette. Clothing became heavier and more ornamented than it had been in the previous decade. Pleats were extremely popular, and Clara's dress has its share of them.

Clara's dress is representative of these overly decorated dresses of this decade. Velvet, brocade, and other heavy fabrics were popular, although Clara's dress is made of silk and lace.

The slippers are also made of a lightweight silk with ruffles to match the dress. They are finished off with buckles, and would have been very fragile, and thus only worn for special occasions.

Clara's hat completes the outfit, with plenty of silk bows to match the dress and shoes. The hat brims of the 1880s were narrower than previous years, but this particular hat has a tall brim reminiscent of a top hat. I think it is a rather silly hat, but this style was relatively popular 125 years ago.

The original dress was an ivory silk. The shoes were ivory leather with silk bows. The original color of the hat is unknown.

Be creative with your coloring. I simply provided the original colors as a reference. You may also be interested to know that jewel tones were very popular in the 1880s. Some pastels were worn, but bright colors were more stylish:


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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Clara's 1967 Zipper Dress

Clara’s dress is a very simple outfit with big pockets and a zipper down the front.

Wait! Hold on! That's the same description I used on Clara's 1937 Depression Era Zipper Dress. Look below the new dress to see the old depression era dress. You can compare the two styles. Even with the exact same description and the same basic elements, the dresses are very different in their design.

This 1967 dress has an A-line silhouette, big square pockets, and a straight yoke as an accent. The 1937 dress has big round pockets, a little trim, and a flared skirt. The three decades that separate the design of these dresses saw a huge change in fashion design, from the plainness of the depression to the more structured outfits of the WWII era. Then on to the fluffy, feminine 50s, and finally to the 60s.

By the 1960s, clothing was very reflective of the modern art movement, using bold colors and straight lines.

Very much in character in the 60s, Clara’s hair is long, and held back with a wide headband.

To finish off her outfit, her shoes have a very low wedge heel, and are decorated with big bows and rhinestone buckles.

Most of the colors in this decade were bright, clear colors. Along with black and white, these were some of the colors found in clothing from the 1960s:


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