Why is the bust so small? Dior and the H-Line

Why is the bust so small? Dior and the H-Line

You might make a lovely dress or corset from a reproduction pattern, and that’s great, but what if you could go deeper? What if you could look over the shoulder of the premiere at Dior’s atelier in 1955? What did they do differently from us, and why?

Like a curious five-year-old, try to ask “why?” just one more time than the next person. For example… why is the bust of this Dior evening gown so small?

Follow along as the Internet hive mind figures it out from primary sources… with surprising results.

“Hey, you should come to Paris with us tomorrow!”

“Hey, you should come to Paris with us tomorrow!”

In September last year, two friends came over for a geeky museum study day at Barrow-upon-Soar in Leicestershire, UK. Lowana and Karolina missed their train back to London… and in a delicious plot twist, 24 hours later I was alighting from a Eurostar train inside the cavernous Gare du Nord in Paris.

And the result was my current fabulous dress project…

Stop being so hard on yourself

I know I’m not the first person to say this to you. Friends or family members can continually tell you to be kinder to yourself, but here’s the thing… we rarely listen, you and I. We’re so busy trying to be “good enough” (whatever...

This is what you can say to your inner critic

You know how you always think of what you SHOULD have said two days, two weeks, or two years later? 😀 Well, after almost thirty years wrestling with those unconscious haters in my head (yes, we all have them), I think I may have finally figured out what to say to...

How to overcome self doubt

Sometimes it’s challenging to believe in yourself. How do you “put yourself out there” when you’re terrified? How do you make yourself believe that what you’re doing is “good enough”, when all you can see in your latest...

Why the failed projects that you hate are your best friends

You know the projects I mean. The ones that are embarrassing. The ones that make you wince because you wasted so much time and money. The ones that were doomed from the start. Do you realise that they were actually the best thing that could have happened to you?...

Do you have cutting anxiety?

Do you put off a project because of what reader Rosemary calls “cutting anxiety”? What do you do when you’re excited about the project, but you just can’t bring yourself to cut that fabric? What is cutting anxiety really about, and how can you...

When did you last make something for yourself?

There comes a point in the life of every seamstress when you find yourself continually making things for other people – friends, family, clients – and somehow, projects for yourself fall by the wayside. You may even tell yourself that sewing for yourself...

How to return to a “decent output” after illness

Sometimes life happens… and sometimes life completely knocks you sideways. If you’ve been sick, or had an operation or major setback, what happens when you need to get back to normal… but you also need to make sure you’re healing...

How to be your own best friend on meltdown days

Confession: you’re not the only one who has bad days. It’s a creative Thing, they say. An “artistic temperament” has your mood cycling up and down – one minute you’re inspired and creative and you’re going to change the world,...