Simplicity pattern dating
Hemlines in fashion go down with the dollar (don't know why, it just has played out that way...conservative nature I guess) so when the 30's depression came, down went the hemlines all the way to the ankle where they remained until the end of the 1930's.In the 1930's character sketches on the pattern featured very faded faces and just really an 'idea image' that it was an actual person.1930's fashions featured feminine, flowing dresses. Many styles were cut on the bias to mold to your figure.In contrast, Chanel didn't care for Dior's New Look, and reinvented her designs to a more boxy suit jacket and slim pencil skirts.Givenchy followed suit with more slimming designs and A-lines that soon blossomed heavily in the 1960's.Some women took over the factory jobs that the men held previously, thus companies (and sewing patterns! It became acceptable for women to wear these things if they were doing such dirty jobs.Colors for everyday wear tended to be muted colors and brighter (for the time period) colors were reserved for Sunday services or evening wear.
Bell bottoms, jeans, fringe and flowers were all popular to the younger generation and continued to move into the 70's. This Simplicity Pattern # 9374 is actually a pattern from 1971, as finding sewing patterns styled for "hippie"/bo-ho clothing weren't readily available in the 60's.Fashion sense in the 1940's was all based upon the war.The US government was rationing items such as cloth, rubber, and metal so the fashion industry had to adapt.In some cases this can add to it's charm and it can become "shabby chic", but if your looking for just "chic" then be prepared to shell out some cash or if your handy with the sewing machine (why, yes, I am!) then you can do the vintage thing and just whip yourself up a lovely frock or two! Here are just a few good reasons: Personally as I've begun exploring vintage fashions, I've found that I am most attracted to styles from the 1940's.