>A bit of a flashback to 1915- Blouses and Mourning Attire

>The weather here has been so odd for July- where usually it would be hot and getting hotter it’s actually somewhat drizzly and overcast! Where I usually would be dying to sew up some cute shorts and summer dresses, my mind now is wandering to more fall-like clothing and this week I’m particularly drawn to the 1910s for inspiration.  The Edwardian era through WWI has been a constant source of inspiration for me since I started getting into fashion history and costuming, gee… over fifteen years ago already! I don’t know what it is… maybe the innocence, a lot of the literature that inspired me originally, and the interesting time that I think is the cross over point in fashion history and modern fashion- it’s the end of an era and the beginning of a new one.
Here’s two scans from a Ladies Home Journal from November 1915 showing both dainty and feminine blouses and proper mourning attire.  The little detailing would be such great inspriation to pull into our modern wardrobes!  Click on the images for higher res copies to save.

Happy friday! Hope this weekend has lots of fun and relaxation in store for you!

8 Comments on >A bit of a flashback to 1915- Blouses and Mourning Attire

  1. Lauren
    July 23, 2010 at 7:40 pm (14 years ago)


  2. Carys
    July 23, 2010 at 7:42 pm (14 years ago)

    >What lovely articles, I love the Edwardian era!From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  3. casey
    July 23, 2010 at 11:22 pm (14 years ago)

    >These are amazing! I too have been drawn to the mid to late 1910s since my interest in fashion hisotry picked up steam. I know for me, the thing that always catches my eye is the silhouette and details. I love that slightly loose-fitting style that was popular around this time–but not so loose as to loose the female form (like the 20s)! Thanks so much for sharing these, Lauren!!!♥ Caseyblog | elegantmusings.com

  4. Sarah
    July 23, 2010 at 11:35 pm (14 years ago)

    >I absolutely love this era. I don't know many who do! (everyone I know is a regency/bustle lover!) I currently have an internship in cataloging a textile collection and a majority of clothes are 1910-1920s, so many blouses with such beautiful details like tucks, embroidery, and lace insertion! Major drool! My favorite detail is the sewn picot trim between the seams in some of them. Found a few 1917 skirts with large mother of pearl buttons from Abercombie and Fitch. Unfortunately they are not mine so can't post pictures but I wish I could! I love these types of posts! Thanks!

  5. Tia
    July 25, 2010 at 12:09 am (14 years ago)

    >The 1910s have some adorably elegant fashions–thank you for posting this!

  6. Charlotte
    July 25, 2010 at 7:36 pm (14 years ago)

    >Definitely a very interesting era for fashion. Wait, isn't that short-fronted blouse style quite fashionable right now, only in T-shirt form?I've got a small stack of women's magazines from about 1905 to 1918 and they're a fascinating read!xx CharlotteTuppence Ha'penny Vintage

  7. Jess
    July 27, 2010 at 2:28 am (14 years ago)

    >"The weather here has been so odd for July- where usually it would be hot and getting hotter it's actually somewhat drizzly and overcast!:I'm a long time reader, never commented before. I just had to laugh, being on the east coast in the Mid-Atlantic region – we are hot as hell here so fall clothing is far, far away from my mind. :-)

  8. Heather
    July 27, 2010 at 3:05 pm (14 years ago)

    >Wow, these are just gorgeous! I love this era of clothing as well. So lovely and innocent as you said. And all the little details.Love this blog, and your etsy store! How I would love to study fashion history….and sew! I need to get better acquainted with my sewing machine :)

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