Fashion magazines are of the utmost importance to any woman who is interested in dress.
In studying any fashion magazine, consider each figure separately. If two or more materials are used in its development, strive to determine particularly why they are employed. Proper regard for such details is valuable, for it will serve to point out to you why certain materials are required for certain styles.
She did not like the woman who went to a dressmaker and said, "I want a little puff sleeve, but I want it in soft, clinging crepe, because I am very fond of that material. it is beautiful. The softness appeals to me. "
Then you will not have to be informed, as this woman was, that "crepe was designed by the manufacturer for clinging garments and is rarely adapted to the fluffy style of the pannier skirt and puff sleeves."
Of course, taffetas, organdies, and crisp batistes are suitable for such styles, and a mental picture of a pannier skirt of crepe and another one of taffeta will show you instantly why fabrics must be designed to suit styles and styles to suit materials.
COLOR SUGGESTIONS FROM FASHION PLATES
When you have studied individual designs enough to be able to note instantly what kind of pattern is required, as well as what kind of material is best suited to the design, and can harmoniously adapt color to the lines of the garment and fabric used, you will be able to conceive pleasing results.
It is true that the fashion people can not produce in their fashion plates an absolute likeness of the color the textile manufacturer gives us in fabrics; nor can they give an absolutely true outline of a garment as it will appear when developed in material. However, when you understand lines you will be able to get suggestions from the color plates shown in fashion magazines and elsewhere, and with this knowledge of lines you will be able to give prominence to the color that will bring out the garment to the best advantage , to use successfully the soft, silent tones or tints where only a suggestion or variation of color is desired; Also, you will be able to choose a fabric that will successfully carry out the lines suggested by a fashion drawing.
A number of excellent fashion magazines that have no pattern service are published kindly to suggest style tendencies and color and fabric combinations.
If you know patterns and have studied lines, such magazines will be invaluable to you, for you can get from them ideas and suggestions that you can incorporated in your garments.
In many cases, you may apply them more successfully than the artist has done in his drawings, because you can bring out the practicability of the garment, adapt it to the material, and give the harmonic outline that suits you.
Some of the ultra fashion books contain apparently grotesque styles, their general make-up and their silhouette appearing impossible from a practical standpoint when their development is considered in the fabric and for the human figure.
The designs in these same magazines, how-ever, are worthy of consideration, for they contain in them illusive, impractical, but artistic, even clever, ideas that may be utilized in the production of original and pleasing garments, provided you have developed a sense of originality or initiative in dress.
For example, in some of these seemingly freakish models may be found an attractive collar or a suggestion for a cuff, a finish for the waist line, or a front closing, any one of which is particularly pleasing, and if you have an eye for the fitness of style and line to fabrics and their correct color development, you can work these around in such a way as to get results that express individuality and good taste.
Modifications of these seemingly freakish modes often result, too, in the creation of garments that are decidedly distinct and original, but still of a style that is in harmony with the original.