The 40's collection, inspiration and fabric choices
November 11, 2013
The 40's collection
Pretty much everything available on this site is based loosely or in some cases very closely on underwear I've had in the past.
I have a long standing love of underwear. I put this down to the fact that a developed a sizable bust at a very young age and my mother, Amelia, dispelled my horror at having to wear a bra aged ten, by introducing me to the prettiest underwear. I thank her very much for this! Clothes generally and underwear particularly give me so much joy, colour, fabric, texture and design, what's not to love?
I used to buy a lot of vintage underwear, Victorian, 20's, 30's 40's 50's and 60's. One of my all time favourites was a 1940's camiknicker, very plain flesh colour crepe de chine. It was great under any clothes, I loved to wear it to bed and tt was modest enough to wear louging about the house.. It was the first undergarment that i made a pattern from, I had made French knickers for my A level needle work, but it was this cami-knicker that got me addicted to making lingerie.
This is the version that I sel now, t's available with no lace, I like to think of that as the as the 'utility' option, but add the lace and it's super luxurious but just as versatile.
The cami-knicker inspired all of the 40's collection which includes, french knickers, suspender belts, camisoles, half slips and a house coat...dressing gown or robe to you and me!
My favourite lingerie garment iype is a slip so there is a great slip styled in exactly the same way as the camiknicker.
The fabric chouce was simple, crepe de chine, I think it's the easiest of the silk fabrics to care for, cool hand wash, quick iron on the wrong side, ideally while it's damp and it looks great. The lace trims on this range are from the French lace makers Soltiss. The champagne colour lace is mostly cotton and so soft, the black is fine and soft, a mix of viscose and polyamide.
I kept the colour choice simple, champagne and black but the various combinations make for lots of choice..
If you get a chance to come to one of our open studio days, check out the inside of this collection. It is so authentic, no overlocking, French seams and a form of run and fell to attach the lace, no raw edges, achieved with just a straight stitch machine.
I'll write a quick post about the machine I use for this one day.