Have you ever thought about how tight your historical clothing should be? Fit is very important for that “look.” However, is there a point where we are so concerned with that “look” that we forget we’re reproducing garments that were intended to be lived in?
We see antique, existing clothing on mannequins and fashion sketches in plates and have this perception that they were ALL tightly fitted when worn. Sometimes with little or no ease at all. Even early photographs present this.
But isn’t it logical that not everyone wore their clothes super tight as we perceive them to be?
I mean, look at modern clothes. When we see great fit on models in advertisements and then go into a store to purchase that same garment, it will fit differently on us and also on the woman next to us. What we want is to look like the model. But do we stop wearing those garments just because it fits differently on us?
Granted, we’re looking at mass produced clothing here. Most all 19th century clothes were made for the individual wearer. The fit *was* tighter.
But as modern dressmakers re-creating historical pieces, do you think we over-fit sometimes? Do you think we have this idealized point of view with all clothing fitting the silhouette tightly all the time?
Those we study were real people going about everyday activities. They lived and moved in their clothes. Just like we do in our modern wardrobe.
Do you feel it would be sacrilege to represent their fashion a little loose or baggy in a few of our created garments?
We are always striving for a “perfect fit.” But what does this mean? Can it yet be a bodice with an inch of ease, or a skirt an inch too short and still be “period correct?”
I suppose it comes down to the look you want to present with your outfits. Are they made to be lived in? Or simply costumes to take portraits in? The difference will depend on how tightly you fit that bodice. How long you make that skirt hem. Consider the style you want to portray and make your costumes accordingly.
What’s your opinion on “over-fitting” historical garments?