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Vintage Reproduction 1940's Overalls

Vintage Overalls The Prudent Homemaker


Winter was wanting to make herself some 1940's style overalls. I ordered this printable pattern for her. She made the first pair out of some dropcloth that I had  (that painter's cloth you buy from the hardware store to put down while painting) and made the second from some denim that my sister-in-law gave to me several years ago.

Vintage Overalls 2 The Prudent Homemaker

I had purchased some large buttons on a sale from Wawak years ago and she used those for these two pairs.

Vintage Overalls 3 The Prudent Homemaker

The blue blouse is a garage sale blouse she made over to be short-sleeved with a Peter Pan collar cut from the sleeves.

Vintage Denim Overalls 2 The Prudent Homemaker

The green shirt is a t-shirt. She added a Peter Pan collar to it using fabric I had on hand. She really wants to wear Peter Pan collars, so she recently added them to three t-shirts. This green one came from a recent thrift-store purchase. It was a long-sleeved t-shirt, but she shortened it to make it better for our climate.

Vintage Denim Overalls 1 The Prudent Homemaker

She loves how they all turned out.

Her shoes are these (affiliate link)

We were at Hobby Lobby looking for some fabric for a project she was doing recently and while we were there I noticed there was a new Simplicity catalog out for fall. It turns out that this is the 90th anniversary of Simplicity Pattern Company, and they have a large vintage reproduction section up towards the front of the catalog. They are offering a very similar pattern, and if you could get it at on sale at Joann's or Hobby Lobby during one of the 5 for $5 sales you would have quite a deal! It's pattern 8447, and it looks like you can order a printable version from Simplicity's site too, which would be a help if you live far from a store (watch their site for sales on the actual printed pattern, too; sometimes my stores are out of the pattern I want to purchase.)

Vintage Denim Overalls 3 The Prudent Homemaker

I have to say that I'm loving that my eldest daughter is loving vintage clothing and vintage reproduction clothing just as much as I am! 

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  • Nancy August 09, 2017

    Very beautiful job! I love her unique designs. Her collars are pretty too.

  • Susan August 14, 2017

    With Winter's talent she could easily start a small home based business sewing/mending for friends and neighbors.

  • RMF325 August 09, 2017

    Winter is seriously talented. She also has terrific taste.

  • heather sandval August 09, 2017

    Thank you so much for these. I love to see what your kids are up to. You must be so proud of her!

  • Cindy in the South August 09, 2017

    She is so amazing!

  • Patricia Ellingford August 09, 2017

    That period and style are very flattering to Winter as she has a natural classical look in any event. Bet your proud as punch that she is turning out such lovely items of clothing for herself . She is very talented and a natural beauty. Look forward to seeing more of her creations.

    Kind regards.

    Pattypan x

  • mdoe37 August 09, 2017

    Very nice, great sewing skills! A rare find in the day that they no longer have home ec in schools.

  • ruthie August 09, 2017

    so darling! I sew quite a bit and am impressed with her ability.

  • Katie August 09, 2017

    What an amazing job she has done! I agree that this style really suits Winter.

  • Kim August 09, 2017

    Excellent job! I love these overalls and they look super comfortable.
    You are very talented!
    Keep up the good work.

  • Cindi August 09, 2017

    Wow! This may be my favorite project of hers to date. This is so attractive. And I never would have thought of adding a Peter Pan collar to a T-shirt. It looks so smart. Thank you so much for sharing, and for the pattern information, too.

  • Cindi August 10, 2017

    I was reading through some of your older blog posts and came across the one where Winter made the doll shirts. She was just beginning to sew. How far she has come in only a few years.

  • Becky @ Becky's Place August 09, 2017

    Wow! She is so talented - beautiful job!

  • Brandi August 09, 2017

    I love that Winter wears her watch like I wear mine - I never see anyone else doing that!

  • Shara August 09, 2017

    How beautiful! I am usually not a huge fan of denim, but I think the denim are my favorite.

  • Kathyb August 09, 2017

    She's amazing!

  • mable August 09, 2017

    I am speechless with admiration. I failed my sewing class in high school and count myself fortunate that my mother-in-law taught her three sons to sew, so my husband has made curtains, clothes for me, and aprons. He sews while watching football, so he doesn't feel like he is wasting his time.

  • Isabella August 09, 2017

    Wow! Good for him and kudos to your mother-in-law for teaching her sons!

  • Rhonda A. August 09, 2017

    Those are both super cute vintage inspired overalls! I love the use of a fabric dropcloth for the first one. I'm not sure how cheap those dropcloths are, but it sure looks awesome as overalls. I also love the colour combination of that green shirt with the dark denim. Great job Winter!

  • Kristen August 09, 2017

    Charming! If Winter wants to make a piped PP collar at some point, here is a tip. Cut an extra piece, and let the top be two collar pieces, and the bottom be one. The extra layer serves as a sort of interfacing, and it masks any "see through" if the piping is a contrasting color.

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