Fabrics are an important part of getting a truly vintage look. Enter the book Forties Fabric by Joy Shih.
I really want to be able to shop fabric stores and have an instinct about what really works for the 1940's. Forties Fabric is a good resource for cotton prints for the whole decade, covering plaids, geometric, florals and many more print types.
While I am mostly interested in styles from the war period and before, since theoretically it is possible that home sewers were using prints from their stash that dated to the 1930's, it is good to have the whole decade represented. This gives me some context around my period of interest to understand where designs went afterwards and to identify the subtle changes in style in later prints..
It is important as much as I love the styles of the wartime period not to isolate myself and study only those. I also need to look at what came before to see where the early 40's styles came from. I need to study the styles of the 1930's and also the history of that decade and what was happening to really understand the progression of fashion. I also need to look at post war fashions to see how the war and its aftermath affected fashion. One fashion era doesn't simply end and another one begin. What came before leaves its mark in someway on future style.
I will definitely be looking through this book many more times to get a better knowledge and understanding of the fabric designs of the 1940's.
And I can't wait to have Thursday's post up for you. I have a wonderful treat of having the Boyer Sisters here on my blog for an interview.
Sarah loves to sew, learn more about sewing, and create items with a vintage flair. Her arch enemy is clipping curves, and she has a tolerable relationship with the seam ripper.
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