Saturday, 29 January 2011


In my library I have a Swedish book from 1944 called "Alla kvinnors bok", which translated to English means "Every Woman's Book". It's a rather thick volume that covers a lot of things like proper behaviour, housekeeping, decorating a home, marriage and children. Those subjects are all at the end of the book, the first half covers the most important subjects of all, beauty and clothes. As a time document it is all very interesting, but it is just those first chapters that got me thinking a night when I couldn't sleep and I leafed through the book while drinking tea. The book describes how a woman with the ability to sew can create and vary a good wardrobe, if she plans a little. There is a four-year plan how to achieve that and the idea occurred to me that it would be fun and interesting to try to do just that. I like the fashions of the 1940's. I like to sew.

The idea would be to start now with the autumn/winter wardrobe so I have it when it's time to wear it. Though I have a fair knowledge of the fashion of the time, I'm not an expert, so I expect this to be a learning experience for me. I will also need to adapt the clothes so that they will be wearable for me. I don't think I will wear these clothes every day, but I want them to work for every day. There is also the question of materials. Is it possible to use the same materials? Do I want to use some of them, like real fur? And, of course, I need to make these clothes within my budget.

So why a new blog when I already have Isis' Wardrobe? Well, I feel that this is such a special project, that it needs a space of it's own. A place to collect what I do, resources and hopefully some interesting discussions along the way. To call it Fashionable Forties is perhaps not the most original, but that was what my brain came up with. And being in my forties as well, makes it a bit of a pun. So I hope you will find this venture interesting. And perhaps you would care to join in? I would love to see what others would make out of it.


Evis said...

I want to join in too, I wonder where though - in swedish at Om stil or in english at LiveJournal, or maybe start a new blog for it like you did.
I also think that I need that book.

Isis said...

What fun!

I found mine at for 250SKr.

Evis said...

I checked there but of course they didn't have it now, but I'll keep on trying.

Evis said...

And the university library had it :)

GentlewomanThief said...

Wow, this sounds like such an interesting book! I love the sound of the "four year plan" to give you a varied and yet coordinating wardrobe - what a great idea.

Funnily enough, I've been looking more at 20th century clothing lately, myself - more 50s to early 60s rather than 40s as those styles suit me more and I've been really getting into my Audrey Hepburn films since I cut all my hair off!

I can't wait to see your work on this project - I'm excited for you!

Isis said...

Evis: Nice!

Gentlewomanthief: It's a great book! I do love the 1950's too and I'm sure I won't abandoned it! Audrey Hepburn was so elegant! But her figure and mine are miles away, so what suited her wouldn't suit me. I lover her movies, especially How To Steal A Million

Emelie said...

Hi there!

I think this blog is quite interesting! :)

Just wanted to tip of those in Gothenburg that Alla kvinnors bok can be found in Gothenburg's univiersity library. (I tried the main one and the refered me there. Just waiting for it to be handed back from Evis?)

Isis said...

Emelie: I'm glad you find it so!

Yes, I think Evis has it right now. :)

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