A Snippet of Fashion Favorites: The 1910s


Hello my dears! A few weeks ago I did a poll on my Instagram stories asking what you all would like to see on the blog. Though the votes were pretty close, the majority vote landed on me sharing my favorite 1910s dresses. I really, REALLY want to be making myself some dresses and such from that delightful era, but alas my needle is currently busy making other things, and my brain is busy drafting other patterns.

The two dresses above are the perfect example of why I want the 1910s to land in my wardrobe. The one on the left, from 1915 is made from gorgeous linen, with an organza collar. Don’t you just love those pockets? Though the 1915-1918 years are the sweet spot for that decade of fashion (in my opinion), the dress from 1910 on the right is certainly worth copying and modifying.


Can the two dresses on the left be mine please? Oh, and the velveteen on the right? Sigh… So pretty. It would make it even better if the velveteen number came in burgundy.


In case you thought 1910s dresses are strictly fancy, you are wrong. This gorgeous, but simple, 1910s work dress from Dear Golden has been on my “to recreate” list since DG posted the picture of it on Instagram. Though there are a few tweaks I would make to the silhouette to make it closer to my favorite 1915 style lines, such as making the skirt more of an a-line shape.


If the 1910s is known for anything (other than WW1) it is floofy, fluffy, fashion. The fluffier side of the decade generally doesn’t suit my taste, but I might make an exception for the two dresses on the left. The grey and coral color combination on the left particularly delights me.


Speaking of coral, do you see the coral striped skirt and blouse ensemble above?! Oh my goodness! If there is one single ensemble from the 1910s that I want to recreate (when I find the right fabric) it is that one. Though honestly, I would be rather happy if I had the time to recreate all of the gorgeous ensembles in this fashion plate. Also, do you notice the interesting dropped sleeves on three of the four costumes? So intriguing to my pattern-drafter’s eye.


If the 1910s did one thing right, it was their masterful use of stripes and plaids. From bias cut plaid pockets, to perpendicular placed stripes. It makes me long for some striped material to play around with.


My favorite thing about the 1910s, though? The effortlessly feminine clothes. Just the style line itself is so feminine. Mid-calf length a-line skirts, with blouson bodices. It is perfect. Not fussy, it’s practical, yet so feminine.

If you, like me, love this era of fashion, I insist that you stop by The Dreamstress‘ site. She has done so much research on the era, and recreated such gorgeous pieces. You really must take a look at her work.

What is your favorite ensemble from the plates and dresses I have shared?

Do you like 1910s fashion?

Which ensemble would you recreate first?


Brigid E.

Author & Graphics: Brigid Everson | Sources for all of the images can be found on my 1900s-1920s Pinterest board.

3 thoughts on “A Snippet of Fashion Favorites: The 1910s”

  1. I feel like I’ve sort of only recently been “introduced” to this era, I mean as to looking at it seriously (actually maybe many periods, previously I would sort of fasten on one to the exclusion of any others because of whatever book or movie the period was from). I love that these styles look both comfortable and elegant.

    I’m looking forward to any new patterns and pieces you are planning on making. I’ve still got another one your skirts in my tbm pile. Which is continually growing.


  2. Being built far differently than yourself, I have never been overly drawn to 1910’s fashion (or 1920’s) because I always thought I would probably look and feel dumpy in the clothing…but I very much like that blue and white striped skirt, second to last fashion plate!


  3. Sigh!!!!!! Can I say more? That coral stripe skirt nearly took my breath away! And that gray and coral IS delicious!!
    I love the seam interest of this decade, the pleats, the extra buttons, the asymmetrics, and how well it combines tailored as well as softer, feminine effects.

    I am also a fan of The Dreamstress, her blog is amazing!


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