You will find that the skirts from this point in time tend to be quite narrow, A-line in shape, and the hemlines hit at or just below the knee.This was intended to conserve fabric that could be used elsewhere for the war effort.Printed fabrics were very common in the handmade clothing of the era, with florals being highly favoured.In manufactured goods however, prints were not nearly as common.Feedsack fabric was still widely used, and re-fashioning old garments to suit the new silhouettes and styles was very common.The phrase “Made Do and Mend” came about due to this.Everyone was encouraged to restyle, refashion, and repair the items they already possessed.You will find many similarities in fashion between the late 1930s and the early 1940s, as fashion was not necessarily a top priority during the war years.
Due to this, homemade clothing was as popular as it was in during the 1930s.
Due to these restrictions, rayon was the number one choice in fabric for women’s fashion during the forties, as it was readily available and inexpensive to produce.
Manufacturers of this fabric found ways to make it resemble satin, among other materials, making it ideal for day, evening, and formal wear.
Women had grown tired of the fashion restrictions through the war and Dior was their answer.
His influence completely changed the silhouette from the broad shoulder, short skirted, military-influenced look to a soft, romantic hourglass shape – with much more fabric used.