Suit and Hat– "Make Do in WWII"
Daywear Outfit based on WWII fashion, particularly how Britain sacrificed even their clothing for the Cause.
I chose to set the style in the early part of the war. Later on, with the utility styles and restrictions, even those who made their own clothing began to fall in with the fashion. Extra “fripperies” were frowned upon as unpatriotic. The embroidery, even on used table linen, would have given the wrong impression if used for garments. Also, parachute “silk”, though still referred to as such, was later made from the “new” rayon material and was fairly stiff.
These are some of the particulars considered in the design.
Final Suit Design
Embroidered detail on turn back lapel,
Final Blouse Design
embroidered CF, neck and cuff edges, full sleeves with fuller sleeve cap
view of blouse with over panel
This hat was made for my accessory project.
was developed through modelling on the hat
form and on myself.
Exhibition 2005, West Herts College, Hemel Hempstead, UK