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« on: June 18, 2007 11:33:11 AM »

My last year of college I got to take a tailoring class. We designed, patterned and built our own women's suit based on the L-85 war production board's fabric limitations during WWII. It was my first tailoring class and our university was on the quarter system so we had ten weeks to do it all. Later I took more classes in tailoring, it was just tailoring from commercial patterns and we had 15 weeks, which felt like a breeze because there was no designing or patterning! This suit was built for the costume department's stock.

Here is my little sketch for my design with images I used for inspiration. The details are contrast binding around the edges of the jacket and kick pleats in the skirt.





In Process
You can see the pad stitched lapels and the contrast button holes and welt pockets. What was I thinking? I had never done welt pockets or bound buttonholes and with contrast fabric.


Adding the Binding
This is when it really came together I sewed on the bias binding half by machine and then by hand for a clean neat finish. You can see that I was having fun and used matching pins.



The complete suit
Most of the time I spent working was on the jacket, I built the skirt from a commercial skirt block. It is basically the shape of skirt block with princess seams (that match the princess lines on the jacket) and kick pleats.




Jacket close up



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« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2007 11:38:06 AM »

Wow! It really shows that a lot of great craftsmanship went into this!
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« Reply #2 on: June 18, 2007 11:58:19 AM »

WOW ... all I can say is wow
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« Reply #3 on: June 18, 2007 12:19:31 PM »

makes me think of something that Dagny Taggart from Atlas Shrugged would have worn, doesnt it you all???

its beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #4 on: June 18, 2007 12:25:24 PM »

That's absolutly gorgeous! I love 1940's era tailoring/clothing, and it's beautifully done  Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2007 12:42:41 PM »

Thanks, it was a lot of firsts and even though it was years ago five maybe, it still means a lot to me Wink I didn't really like 40's clothing, but with this project I started to and now I really like it. And the information about rationing and restrictions during WWII is fascinating.
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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2007 01:29:50 PM »

i am so insanely jealous. of both the outfit and your tailoring skills.
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« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2007 02:13:25 PM »

Oh wow, that looks so professional! Shocked
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« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2007 02:45:37 PM »

You did a GREAT job!
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« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2007 03:03:17 PM »

You definitely have talent!
This captures the forties, and has enough spark that anyone would wear it today!
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