I’m running a bit behind in seeing the new Wonder Woman movie but I've been hearing chatter about the costumes among my costume friends for the last week. Not the amazing WW suit of “armor” she wears but the World War I-1916 clothing she and others are wearing in London. I just loved going to the dress shops with her while she shopped for modern clothing. She tried on, what, 254 of them, before she found something suitable to fight in. You’ll have to see the movie to get that.
I’m still not ready to try the triple tiered skirt outfit that looked gorgeous on her but even with her stick-thin body it added bulk to her. It hadn’t even appealed to me before seeing it on her.
But then she came out wearing THE suit. I grabbed my hubby’s arm excitedly and said this is the suit all my costumer friends are talking about!
And this is the pattern that it can be made from: Wearing History’s 1916 suit jacket. http://wearinghistory.clothing/1910s-suit-jacket-skirt-pattern-circa-1916/
The drawings don’t do it justice until you’ve seen someone wearing the one they made from it. Some of my friends had already made this a couple years ago.
If you want to try making one, Wearing History even has a blog showing step-by-step directions on the different parts of it. http://wearinghistoryblog.com/tag/1910s-suit-a-long/Then of course I started digging around for photos for inspiration of my own. Here are some originals.
Earlier CoCo Chanel had introduced these softer versions of the same style.
These two fashion prints are my favorites for what I’d like to try making; either the royal blue one, which the print is labeled Gabrielle Chanel, or the Kelly green version, from a paper doll book.
It looks like you could change the look just by the types of fabrics you choose to make it from. And they weren’t all solid colors. These fashion prints show stripes and combinations of colors.
Even some young girl’s versions had some interesting color combinations.
If you’re interested in other patterns from this same time period, check out Past Patterns but be aware these are copies of vintage patterns, with minimal directions, and some with no size variation. Start by looking at the ones beginning in 1915. http://www.pastpatterns.com/1900.html
Now go see the movie. You’ll be glad you did if you want to have some costume firecrackers going off in your head like mine did.