Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Patterns from the April, 1921 issue of Needlecraft magazine. Compare these very simple-looking dresses with ones from 1914 to see the radical transformation of middle-class women's clothing in the Western world in the years spanning the First World War.
But despite their apparent simplicity, these frocks would have been constructed around either a body lining or a buckram foundation belt, in order to give them the required shape. For more information on early 20's dress foundations, please go here and read the Woman's Institute booklet on Tight Linings and Boning.
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