Before we get into actual original dresses, I wanted to talk about one of my favorite sources of inspiration: vintage patterns. All of us girls will be making our dresses for the event (from my first ever original 1940’s pattern.), so I like to look at vintage pattern covers for inspiration, I have a lovely little book full of pictures of them, before I look at original dresses. I enjoy looking at all of the small details, such as fabric choices, styling, etc.
These patterns are all from various places such as Etsy, and other independent pattern sellers. The blouse pattern is a Resto-Vival number from Wearing History Patterns that I have admired ever since Lauren released it.
Ooh! Now we come to the part that I enjoy the most, original 1940’s dresses, though I don’t browse this section of inspiration very often. All of these gorgeous garments are again from Adored Vintage. The thing to look for when finding what to wear for a 1940’s reenactment would be the proper silhouette and length. You could wear anything from a rayon afternoon dress with fun details like the four dresses to the left, to a two piece dress/suit (above right corner) or a fun zip-front cotton day dress (lower right corner), though that would be most accurate worn for a home front re-enactor, as I don’t think this style of dress would have been worn very much outside of the house.
Shoes! This is the part that’s pickling me the most. What shoes to wear?!? My only pair of heeled oxfords are faux-leather, and because of that they’re wearing out! So now I’m on the hunt for a new pair of shoes to wear not only for a 1940’s event, but all winter long. These inspiring heels are from (once again) Adored Vintage (Can you tell I had a fun time perusing that shop?). I guess I’ll have to set to looking for some classic pumps, unless I can dig something up from my stored away winter shoes.