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Shabby Apple Dare to Design

2 Jun

Hello my Lovelies!

Today’s post is a little different than usual. A few weeks back, I happened upon a contest being run by the clothing company Shabby Apple. Shabby Apple specializes in providing us ladies amazing clothing and accessories (both casual and formal) of the vintage/retro persuasion. They have something cute and fashionable for every body type as well, which is definitely a big plus in my book. I really like the styles that they provide, so when I saw this contest I knew right away I wanted to enter it. Read my post, then go check them out! http://www.shabbyapple.com/

tumblr_mhanbqQgoV1qf826yo1_500Photo courtesy of vintage-retro.tumbler.com

The task is to create a fabulous 40s inspired dress, skirt, or blouse. Luckily, this was a relatively easy task since the 1940s were full of clothing that were both functional and fashionable. It was an era that began in war, creating a limited supply of the luxurious fabrics and fashions of the ’30s, which forced a shift towards cheaper functional fabrics and re-using old garments. This could have led to a decade of boring clothing and no style, but fashionistas prevailed and found ways to use what they had to make a style all their own. The trends tended towards squared shoulders, shorter hemlines, higher waistlines, and interesting details. They would often shorten their dresses and then use the extra fabric to create the interesting details.The typically used more synthetic fabrics like rayon and viscose. Nylon was a favorite as well, but was hard to come by during war times. Keeping all of this in mind, I went to work, getting inspiration from photographs (Thank goodness for Pinterest and women’s obsessions with vintage fashions.) and from 1940s clothing patterns. I ended up really falling for the styles that were more popular towards the middle and end of the ’40s.

After my research, I ended up deciding to design a dress. I went for something that would be casual enough to wear to work, but also fancy enough to wear on a night out as well. I thought that this idea of multifunctionality would align perfectly with the ideas behind 1940s fashion. I chose to go with a simple knee length dress with a sheer overlay on top that has all sorts of fancy additions. The main part of the dress is very basic with a sweet heart neckline. My version does not show straps underneath, but that is definitely an option. The dress will be attached to the overlay at the front button seams, which also serves as the opening to get the dress on and off. The buttons are fabric covered in the same color as the main dress. For the sheer overlay, I wanted to go with some interesting details that would give it the little bit of flare that was common in the ’40s. The sleeves overlap to give off a flower petal appeal, the collar is higher up on the neck without being an actual separate collar, and the shoulders have two pin-tucks on either side. The bow belt around her waist is attached to the overlay, providing gathers on the overlay both above and below the belt. To finish it off, the overlay flares out into a peplum skirt below the bow belt. This is a trend I noticed on many tops and jackets in the patterns I saw, and I really liked how it seemed to add a certain amount of snazziness to the outfit.


Snazzy Design by Jessica Erin Fischer

For the fabric on the overlay, I would go for any type of silky sheer fabric like Chiffon in a lighter solid color. For the main part of the dress, I think a variety of fabric would work such as polyester blends, sateen, or a stretch cotton. A solid color in a rich, dark hue would work best. In the 1940s, theĀ  standard colors were black, grey, blue, and brown, but since I’m going for late ’40s, and we are in modern times where fabrics are not in short supply, the colors I have been favoring for this design are deep rich colors like the forest green in my design. I did have a hard time deciding on this color though. I was really liking either a deep purple color combo or a rich maroon color combo, but also thought a classic black would look nice too. What I really like about this design is that you can really play with fabric type and color to make something really unique.


271hunter-01-01These two fabric swatches represent the look of color and fabric I’m going for with this design.

So there you have it. All in all, I’m pretty proud of how this design turned out and happy that in the process I learned a few things. Not only do I have a better understanding of 1940s fashion, but I learned quite a bit about using Photoshop. I was originally just going to draw this design in pencil, color it in, and scan it, but the boyfriend suggested I try drawing it in Photoshop. I decided to give it a go and ended up with a much more professional looking design. As an added bonus, I can cross learning some Photoshop off of my year-end goals list! This has been a great experience, and I’m really glad to have taken part in it. In case your all curious, voting begins on July 25th on Shabby Apple’s Facebook page. Keep that date in mind and vote for me!