IMG_0614My partner’s daughter is doing a school project about how life changed between the 1930’s to the 1990’s.  Each of the children were asked to focus on one aspect of life and produce something to demonstrate the changes.  Saskia, being interested in fashion decided she wanted to dress up a series of mannequins in different clothes from each of the decades, so being the only person who knows how to sew in her life I got roped in to help.

I must admit when she first mentioned the idea, I thought help! and then I thought hopefully she’ll forget about it and choose a different project.  But, no, last week she turned up with seven artist’s mannequins, a bag of fabric and some sketches she’d made after researching fashion on the internet.

Actually once we started it proved a lot simpler than I thought.  The clothes are far from being professional but they don’t look bad for a ten year old.

Just in case you were wondering, from left to right:

– 1930’s – Silk, drapey long dress, with sleeves for modesty

– 1940’s – Tweed suit

– 1950’s – Full skirted ball gown

– 1960’s  – Mary Quant style shift with silver boots (made with cling film and duct tape)

– 1970’s – Purple velvet cat suit with flared trousers and sleeves

 – 1980’s – Pineapple inspired rara-skirt, cropped top and leg warmers

We have still to make the 1990’s, after making the cat suit I veto’d the idea of jeans as trousers are just too difficult so we need to come up with a different idea.

This is the second or third time that Sas’s touching faith in my ability to sew anything has led me to meeting challenges I wouldn’t have thought possible. I must admit to feeling quite proud of us both!