Working from this design, to get a better idea of the inspiration for the design and the look and construction of the costume, it was good to do a bit of picture contextual research.
These photos could be used to get a better understanding of the shape of the blouse as there are all early 60’s styles blouses, and follow a similar low collar shape.
This has a mix of the similar straight skirt and shaped collar as well as a shaped dart around the chest.
Both of these vintage pattern pieces can give an idea of the length and shaping of the skirt, it being tailored and well fitted to the body.
From these photos we can get more reference for the skirt as well as shaping for the three quarter length jacket sleeves, which sit straight on the shoulder.
These photos help to give referencing for the shaping of the open front to the jacket, as well as the fall of the three quarter length sleeves, and the way that the fabric falls against the body of an open front jacket.
Though out the 60’s there was also the rise of couture fashion, and therefore the rise of tailoring. Skilled tailors and Saville Row became a focal point of London fashion, and the crisp clean techniques used were sort after by many Londoners. This crisp fashion was also copied at home.
The 60’s was a time for home sewing revolution, suddenly there was an availability to make your own clothing, and this was most prevalent for the younger generations. The “teenager” although not invented in the 60’s was brought in to the fore front of fashion, and at home many young adults wanted to make what they saw in magazines and on the catwalk.
At the time sewing machines- unlike today’s more modern high tech machines- only has two setting a simple straight and zig zag stitch. This did not however prevent clothes from being creative, complex or precision made.