Among a pile of great reference books I received from my love at christmas was a huge book looking at fashion over the years in sketches! It contains little text just a brief breakdown of the decade in question and biographies on popular designers. At the end of each decade there are smaller sketches with descriptions of the colour and type of fabric used.
The Complete Fashion Sourcebook – John Peacock
Beginning with the 1920′s, it shows a year by year progression in clothing styles for both men and women up to the 1980′s in evening wear, nightware, sports wear and more.
I have spent many hours since, looking through, taking in the similarities, differences and how fashion changed due to culture and society. Me and Emmms actually spent a great deal of our NYE celebration with cocktail in hand flicking through the pages trying to pick our favourite style.
Everytime I see it on the shelf it makes me want to sew clothing! The sketches are so simple, but detailed enough to become a base for some great clothes patterns I just wish I had enough time in the week to get stuck into it and obviously a hell of a lot more talent and knowledge to create something worth wearing but hey practice makes perfect!!!
Among my favourites to be used as future dress making projects are:
Beginning with the 1980′s my absolute favourite decade for fashion, this Gold Lame Evening dress from 1989 is just superb, with a fitted bodice and ground length skirt I think this one better wait until my skills have drastically improved!!
Also from 1989 is this Red and White Rayon Crepe Dress, so spectacually 80′s with its broad structured shoulders
From earlier on in the decade is a Royal Blue Polyester Crepe 3 piece Evening Suit
Moving on to the 1970′s.
I just love tank tops over shirts (and I do believe they came rushing back into fashion in the 1990′s!) It reminds me I need to work on my knitted 70′s neon vest!!
Jumping to the 1960′s these three dresses are just gorgeous and look pretty simple to fashion (ask me again once I start making them!!!) From 1966 a Cream Terylene-crepe evening dress, a Yellow Silk-crepe Mini Dress and a Mint Green Silk-chiffon Dress with full length skirt and ruffle of silk flowers
And what may become my first project, from 1964 a very cute Navy Blue Rayon Dress
From 1952 this Pink Silk-satin dress with its fantastic collar, rouched detail and structured hips is a big hit!
But this Blue and White Cotton Holiday dress is a bit more like a task I can undertake
This 1946 Lilac-grey silk-jersey House Coat makes me think of Judy Garland
My absolute favourite in this book is the 1937 Wedding Dress, in Pale Pink Silk-taffeta the colour would be something I would change but wow, the detail, the shoulders and the flow of the dress and to me just perfect.
I have always wanted to make a 1930′s swim suit just like this one
and finally from 1926 this Pale green Chemis and Knicker set is too sweet not to include!!
So, there it is, my dreams of dressmaking throughout the century.
I will never get bored of looking through this book, there is always something new jumping out and so many interesting ideas to be had!!!