- Referencing: Victorian children’s wear, Japanese formal wear
Even after the Industrial Revolution, textiles were expensive. Children grow quickly, so garments were often constructed with pleats and tucks for future alterations. This functionality quickly evolved into a decorative/design element.
For the same reason, Japanese clothing is often based on rectangles and triangles. Garments are adjustable across multiple sizes through ties, pleats, and folds.
This apron/skirt/hakama/overall/garment is designed to be adjustable across both the hips and through the suspenders. Buttons and pleats can be easily altered to suit multiple proportions.
I’ve been working on this project for several months off and on. I used a long a-line skirt as a proportion/silhouette template. I drafted original patterns and cut them from some left-over English wool I had. Since I ran out of yardage, I did a lot of work-arounds and changes, but the overall design remained intact. I rather pleased with the results.