24 Gorgeous 1940s Details

Make sure someone is there to catch you when you faint over these amazing 1940s garment details!  Are there any that you have recreated or utilized in a similar way?  Which ones inspire and amaze you?


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  1. Fabulous roundup!!! Each of these is nothing short of a stunning work of sartorial art. I love them all, really and truly, and think that every last one of them could inspired many an outfit!

    ♥ Jessica

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  2. I spy a Lilli Ann in there:) Fabulous round up. A very similar bird beaded dress was worn by Emma Thompson. Golden Globes I think.

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    1. Haha, yep, there sure is! I think of you every time I see a Lilli Ann because you introduced them to me. Lilli Ann suits are basically queens of fantastic details!

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  3. Wow! Some very inspirational ideas there. I'm partial to the drapes and pleats and gathers myself.

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  4. All of these are stunning! I love looking at vintage dresses and using their details as inspiration for my own creations.

    Brigid
    the Middle Sister and Singer

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    1. I do too, though some details (like all those sequin appliqu├ęs up there!) are pretty labor-intensive, and I haven't found the courage to attempt them yet! But I WANT to really bad!

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  5. I have many of those saved to my favorites on Etsy and elsewhere! The suit you linked to from my blog is on my list of "some day" creations. :)
    I made a 40s evening dress last winter with sequin trim and it wasn't too bad to do. Granted I used some finished antique motifs as well as pre-sewn sequin trim. ;) I ran out of time to add all the trim I had intended so at some point I'll go back and add more.
    -Emily

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  6. My favorites are the ones with pleats, drapes, and contrasting fabrics. I adore hand-embroidered details too. An inspiring selection, for sure!

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  7. Great inspirational round up. It was these kinds of interesting details that would take a basic shape or style and turn it in to something extraordinary.

    She Knits in Pearls

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