Thursday, October 16, 2014

Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge #19 - Inspiration

“(…) the New Woman of the 1920s boldly asserted her right to dance, drink, smoke, and date—to work her own property, to live free of the strictures that governed her mother’s generation. (…) She flouted Victorian-era conventions and scandalized her parents. In many ways, she controlled her own destiny.”
Joshua Zeitz, Flapper: A Madcap Story of Sex, Style, Celebrity, and the Women Who Made America Modern    
I recently finished a 1916 suit with all appropriate underthings.  It seems such a few short years from 1916 to the 1920s but what an incredible change in fashion!  The war is over and all of life has changed significantly.  With the inspiration from Historical Sew Fortnightly member Annette Frances Jones and her reproduction 1920s brassiere from Challenge #5 I found the perfect underthings to start a new era of creative sewing.  Thank you, Annette!
The pattern Annette used is BP9206 1920s Brassiere & Bloomers by Bazaar Patterns.  It is in a single size which fortunately is my size!
Using a lingerie tricot material in a Roaring 20s red, I have all pieces cut and the bloomers linings sewn in.
The pattern is simple and the pieces go together nicely.  There are directions included in the pattern for creating the rosettes.

The brassiere requires hand sewing for the lower band and bias along the upper edge but also goes together beautifully.  Here is my finished 1920s brassiere & bloomers.

These fit beautifully and feel wonderful and now I'm ready to make the rest of the 1920s costume.
Historical Sew Fortnightly
What It Is:  1920s Brassiere & Bloomers
The Challenge:  #19 Inspiration
Fabric:  Lingerie Tricot
Pattern:  BP9206 Bazaar Patterns
Year:  1920s
Notions:  Hook and bar, satin ribbon, thread
How historically accurate is it?  A silk, satin, or lightweight rayon or voile might have been a more period correct fabric but the lingerie tricot was available in this wonderful red and I couldn't resist.
Hours to complete?  5 hours
First Worn:  I wore it for photos and it fits beautifully but I didn't have the courage to post those photos.  I know, I'm a chicken!
Total Cost:  $8.50
Now off to sew the 1920s corset!
Love always,


  1. Oh how lovely your underthings are!! I LOVE the color and they look like they are very comfy! You have done a most fabulous job on these!

    1. Thank you, Gina! They are very comfy and I'm thinking would make such warm modern winter wear. Imagine them in a nice light flannel! Red flannel? Hahahaha!

  2. You scandalous thing you ... Your midriff will be showing ;)

    Question: Are you going to be making a half slip garter thingie? I have no idea what they are called, but I saw a pic of additional undies ideas above and the garter came to mind

    1. It's what makes the Roaring 20s roar! Haha! Over this brassiere and bloomers goes a 1920s corset. It's what creates that columnar shape and completely covers from the top of the brassiere to about mid-thigh. It's made with coutil and closes with hooks and eyes and has garters on it. Then over that is a slip. A little more sedate than a camiknickers. But the corset will be black and the slip red, so still scandalous!

  3. I'm glad to be so inspirational! Yours is so gorgeous, it makes me want to make the pattern again in nicer fabrics :) I didn't try the bloomers yet.

    1. Thank you, knotrune! I'm so glad you made this and inspired me and I really am tempted to make it in a cozy flannel for winter.