Thursday, May 10, 2018

1923 Jumper and Proper Undergarments (or lack there of...)


Outfits have been ... um.... "interesting" this month. Our washing machine broke about a month and a half ago and the replacement machine arrived damaged. It has taken over a month to get a replacement (argh!), so my outfits have gotten more "creative" as the month has gone by...

However, I just finished knitting myself a new sweater so at least I managed one cute outfit this week! This sweater was from a 1923 pattern and knit in one of the softest yarns I have ever felt. It's glorious. I paired it with a me-made skirt and a pair of 1920's style heels. 

At a risk of TMI: I'm not wearing a bra with this sweater and wow does it make a difference! Instead of wearing a modern bra, I just wore a fitted cami underneath the sweater. The change in silhouette is major and the sweater looks a lot more flattering. If you can avoid wearing a bra (or wear something more compressing like a sports-bra), it makes 1920's clothing fit much better! I'm surprised it took me so long to figure this out since I was already aware of how undergarments do have a major impact on how clothing fits. Vintage/antique style undergarments are shaped very differently and very much alter the final silhouette of a look.




Here is the original pattern illustration:


Nothing much else new to report. I've spent most of the last month going to doctors appointments, which have all turned out fairly well. I'm starting some new supplements and medications to hopefully further improve my health, but I have already seen slight improvements with some of the changes I've already made. I've also made a lot of soap. Soap making is fun.

Overall, things have been pretty good. I'm finally starting to make some slow but steady progress on a number of life fronts, and am hopeful about this continuing. I may even finally be able to get my Etsy shop whipped back into shape! (Oh my poor little neglected shop...)  

I hope everyone is having a good week,

That's All.

8 comments:

  1. Hello Kate. You look absolutely gorgeous, I love that sweater, the colour is stunning and the style is so becoming. You also look fabulous wearing your hair in a faux bob, and still being able to keep your long hair. Was thinking about you today as I was looking at my lilac bush, it is going to have many blooms this year. Wishing you heaps of good health.
    Pamela

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    1. Thanks! It was fun to try out the short hair for a day without committing to anything. I liked how it looked but I think I would get bored of having short hair fairly quickly.

      I just adore lilacs! They are so beautiful and smell divine. I tried to bottle the scent from some blossoms using an Edwardian technique last year but unfortunately just ended up with a jar full of mold. What colour are yours? We have a white one but I've always been particularly fond of the purple variety.

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    2. Hi Kate, We have the purple lilacs, and I wish I had a white bush, because the two colours would make a fantastic bouquet. I also love the fragrance of fresh picked Lily of the Valley .. Pamela

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  2. The sweater is super. You did a fab job and the colour is just right. Soap making sounds fun!
    As for silhouettes, It would seem logical wouldn't it, but I often forget about bras and eras! X

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    1. Thanks! Yes, soap making is a lot of fun (although perhaps a bit intense than say making lotion due to all the safety precautions for working with lye).

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  3. Oh my gosh, I can't believe how amazing the silhouette of your ensemble is! It changed so much just because of the undergarments! Like you, I *knew* that was a secret to the right silhouette, but I didn't even equate to how that would effect 20s/30s looks. *shaking my head* Thanks for really making that stick!

    xox,
    bonita of Lavender & Twill

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    1. Glad to have helped :) I was pretty surprised when I tried it and it made such a difference!

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