Sunday, August 9, 2009
1912 - Titanic Era lovelies
I love the early 1900s fashions. When else could you find something as fabulous as these lovelies, and only pay $1.09 for it? 1912 was most famous for the sinking of the Titanic. Look at these beautiful styles, straight out of the Sears Catalog of that year.
This montage of beauties is from a 1902 Sears catalog, and gives a great overview of the style that had now started to evolve from the full floor length styles, but hadn't made it to above the ankle yet. The waist was still set at the natural waist, so the look is more feminine that what you'd see over the next ten years, when Coco Chanel changed the style to loose and sacklike chemises that were shorter. My wide feet wouldn't have tolerated the pointed toe shoes, but I can imagine how sturdy they were, since most people didn't own many pairs of shoes, and most people, only one.
Colors listed are blue, tan, navy blue, blue stripes, black and brown, indicating the narrow range of dyes available at the time. These colors would also hide stains well, since no one had their Tide stain stick yet!
I don't think I could tolerate those just-below-the-elbow sleeves though -- it'd drive me crazy when I tried to bend my arms. I'd make the longer length sleeve, but probably on the dress on the left, which is my favorite. Sticking to the colorway of the day, I'd make it in blue percale.
I'm not quite sure what the girl at the top, second from the right, has on her head. Help me out here. What kind of headpiece is this?
(Original post edited from erroneous dating of 1902 that was miskeyed.)