We’ve all heard of dresses made from parachute silk, but have you heard of dresses made from mosquito netting? Tune in to this special bonus episode to learn about some uniquely Australian wartime wedding dresses, comradery in the face of wedding bells and rationing, and general white and frothy goodness! Don’t forget to subscribe, join the mailing list, and look out for photos & more content on Instagram – @forgotten_threads
It’s over. I thought we were soul mates, but you’ve let me down too many times. Too many broken promises – to make me look slimmer, to be effortlessly cool, to be timeless. Like all those old flames, I ignored the niggling feelings and kept insisting you were perfect for me. Fixing a crotch seam here, taking a hem up there, noting my favourite fibre content – but there is no cotton-nylon ratio which will make all my dreams come true.
In this episode we look at some specific garments created during the war which are particularly good examples of the ‘Make-do and Mend’ movement. From Adelaide, to Sydney, and finally to Port Moresby, Papau New Guinea, these garments incite discussion about patriotism and war crimes – a powerful example of how integral clothing is to our histories.
I’d like to especially thank the Museum of Clothing, Maitland, NSW, for their help in this episode and allowing me to use photos of these garments on the blog. Don’t forget to subscribe! It really helps me to continue to create this podcast for you. Continue reading →
Pattern: Retro Burda 4632 Catty found for me at a local op shop Made before? I made a pair back in 2016 which didn’t fit very well and I ended up throwing out. Will make again? Yes, these are perfect for work and work/night transitions. I have some more check fabric, and I’d like a black pair too. Do you think I could make these in a stretch cotton and have them be more fitted?? Comment below! Adjustments? I ended up fiddling with the pleats at the front a bit, and sewing them down. Inspiration: Definitely post The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel bingeing… You can also check out my Pinterest board on this style! Fabric: Cotton from Remnant Warehouse
I’m jumping on the bandwagon of summarising last year’s makes! Taking these 2018 makes out of my wardrobe made me think about what worked best, what I am still missing, and where my sewing needs to improve (or become more practical). I encourage you to do this as well, formally or informally, and let me know how you go in the comments!
For the second episode of Fashions on the Front, we’re talking rationing! Rationing was introduced in Australia in 1942, a year after Britain. If you think rationing was only about the silk stocking shortage, have a listen and reconsider. Don’t forget to check out the blog, Instagram, and subscribe to Fern & Thread’s YouTube for even more forties fashion titbits… Continue reading →
Fashions on the Front Ep 1: Introduction In this episode of Fashions on the Front, we introduce you to the Second World War and the Australian Home Front. Air raid fashions and the subject of future episodes are covered in this episode. Don’t forget to subscribe on Spotify or iTunes for future episodes! (Or, to this blog!)
Pattern: Style Arc Blaire Shirt Made before? No, I bought this sample pattern for $5 from Style Arc on the shopping trip before Frocktails! Will make again? Yes, I love how this pattern looked Adjustments? I didn’t include the underlay pieces Inspiration: I think I’ve seen shirts in this shape around the streets of Carlton, but nothing specific. Fabric: Chartreuse/Gold colour I think silk? Or some sort of twill? I’m terrible at identifying fabric. I bought this from a friend who was clearing out her stash!