I recently just finished my first 18th century upper class dress, and just in time for bastille day with friends!
I was very fortunate and was able to get the fabric and notions all together under $40 at a craft sale. The dress is made of real silk and the most expensive item was the feathers! I had to get creative since I only had so much fabric but I am very pleased. We had such a great time and i cant wait to work on my next projects
tiny, messy, lunch break sketches absolutely MUST include wonder woman rn…
I love love LOVED this look (and i want to do a more finished piece with it eventually). i can’t not go hard about costuming and the history of dress and i’m going to flail about this for a sec. Costume designer Lindy Hemming clearly knew what she was doing. This wasn’t just a “this outfit is plain and practical after those nonsense ‘fashionable’ options” it was a definite, intentional nod to WWI Women’s uniforms (and Diana is going to the front, it makes sense for her to be in something uniform-ish).
Although WWII is better known for women going to work for the first time (i.e. the iconic ‘Rosie the Riveter’) - women absolutely served in various capacities in WWI and were considered crucial to the war effort. Even though most of the women who served still did so in tradition-friendly roles of relief & aid work, WWI is notable in that it was one of the first times that women served either in an enlisted or civilian capacity in uniform.
Here are some examples of WWI women’s uniforms to show the clear tie between these and Diana’s outfit:
Women’s Motor Corps 1916-1918 (American) - If you look at men’s uniforms from the same time period the core design elements are basically identical, they’ve just been ‘feminized’ in the women’s versions.
UK army recruits 1917 (check out those hats! definite link between those and Diana’s, Also the clear distinction between what’s worn by the recruits and the commander)
Women Police Service, 1916 (British) - women served in uniform at home - filling traditionally male roles while men were away (MOST women served at home, with a relatively small % actually ending up at the front). below are some women firefighters in london around the same time wearing similar uniforms (i can barely go down a ladder period, much less do so with someone over my shoulder - so badass!!!):
The costuming design is perfect in context of the movie’s storyline, wonder woman as a property, and as a tribute to the tens of thousands of women who enlisted and volunteered during the war and it made me SO HAPPY.
*side note - while pulling together these photos I learned about the Women’s Death Battalions (no, seriously) and Holy. CRAP. apparently around 6,000 russian women were actual combatants during the war and not just aid & relief and jfc how had I never heard about this? the rest of the world is like “we guess women can be nurses and ambulance drivers, we are so progressive!!!” meanwhile russia: GETS TIRED OF WOMEN DISGUISING THEMSELVES AS MEN AND SNEAKING INTO THE ARMY. FORMS WOMEN-ONLY UNITS AND CALLS THEM ‘BATTALIONS OF DEATH’*
cream silk chiffon with Brussels lace overlay having boned bodice and
collar, full chiffon sleeve with lace cap, tulle cuff and satin bows,
pleated satin cummerbund with jeweled buckle, full trained skirt. Shown
without silk taffeta underskirt. Petersham label: Henriette Favre Rue de
This isn’t as light hearted as the majority of my three posts, but I desperately feel like this needs to be addressed.
I am seventeen years old, and my dream career is to work as a historical consultant for television and film, similar to Outlander. A large part of that relies on costume, and as such, I’ve become extremely devoted to Terry Dresbach’s designs and her informative blog and twitter account. In many ways, it is what inspired me to attempt to see historical costume and pursue a career in the industry.
Recently, a sewing pattern producer by the name of Simplicity released a pattern inspired by Claire’s Red Dress. In truth, it is less of an inspiration and more of a clear copy of Terry’s design. There is no official connection to Outlander, and no credit given to Terry for her work. Perhaps most astonishing is that other major corporations, such as Marvel, are granted royalty and licensing deals with Simplicity for their costumes.
The result of this clear manipulation and corporate greed is that Terry has decided to remove her extremely informative costume blog, and refrain from posting costume images on her twitter account. While this is unfortunate for many fans, I feel particularly heartbroken as I learned essential techniques and design strategies from Terry’s work.
I’m posting his because I feel like this is an issue that needs to be addressed and as fans of Outlander, we have the power to demand justice and allow Terry to receive the credit she deserves. Thank you for reading this, and if you have any other questions, do not hesitate to contact me.
TWO PAIR LADIES’ CUSTOM MADE DECO EVENING SHOES, 1920’s.
One robin’s egg blue suede with gold leather straps and Louis heel, having diamond shaped insert with black and gold floral pattern and jeweled dome buttons. One black and gold Florentine pattern leather with gold trim and Louis heel, jeweled dome buttons.