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A Fashion Icon for Tumultuous Times

squarepicIrene Castle's lean, pared-back style heralded the unencumbered, free movement that characterized jazz age women. Danine tells more about this groundbreaking beauty.

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The Australian Army Nursing Service in WWI - Part 1

Squarepic2014's Centenary commemorates the start of the ‘war to end all wars’; the Great War of 1914-18. In a new series, Lorna introduces us to the brave nurses of WWI.

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WWI Mourning Suit

SquarepicIzabela recently acquired a lovely WWI-era mourning suit in need of just a little TLC to be wearable again. Here, she describes its construction in detail.

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World War One Fashion Library 1914-18

SquarepicFashion changed immensely from 1914-18 and there's a wealth of information to explore. Here's our pick of the best resources for your library!

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The Australian Army Nursing Service In WWI - Part 3

squarepicLorna continues to explore the process of recreating an Edwardian or WWI era nurse's uniform, using traditional dressmaking techniques.

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Three Teens Blouses

squarepicFew looks are as instantly recognizable as the classic teens blouse. Nicole studies three originals and makes patterns from them. 

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British VAD Uniform, Part 2

squarepicConstance continues her exploration of the WWI VAD nursing uniform with the construction of the undergarments.

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Discovering Mrs Pretty, part 1

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Mabel Pretty is an ideal figure for a 1914 living history event. Julia introduces the fascinating woman she will be dressing in this series.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 3

squarpicConstance continues her exploration of a WWI VAD nurses uniform with the construction of the dresses' shirtwaist bodice.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 2 - Underwear

squarepicPreviously we met Mabel, Mrs William Tertius Pretty. Now Julia investigates the foundations to Mrs Pretty's 1914 outfit.

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British VAD Uniform, Part 4

squarepicConstance finalises her reconstruction of a WWI Voluntary Aid Division nursing uniform with the apron, cap and accessories.

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Mrs Pretty, Part 3 - Corset

squarepicMabel Pretty's family were famous in the early C20th as corset manufacturers. Julia researches and constructs a suitable 'Pretty' corset. 

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