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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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  • Carla E August 09, 2017

    Thank you for the tip!

  • Kirsti August 09, 2017

    Beautiful work and a beautiful girl!

  • Kim August 09, 2017

    These were no quickie, simple, beginner projects. She is definitely taking on some very complicated sewing projects. You go, young lady! I am super impressed with her skills.

  • Grammy Sue (Sue Robinson) August 09, 2017

    How adorable! She is just great with a needle! I love her style so much. I wish other young ladies would realize how cute they can look in modest, vintage-inspired clothing.
    Would you please post a family photo soon? The last one is quite old now and I'd love to see how all the kiddies are growing.

  • Cristina August 09, 2017

    Future Project Runway contestant!!! In love with the overalls and the Peter Pan collars!

  • Kathy August 09, 2017

    This is one of the cutest outfits I've ever seen for a teen girl. My teen daughter and her friends would snap this up!

  • Cecile Lusby August 09, 2017

    isn't it funny how kids are sometimes attracted to a bygone era and/or its fashions. She actually looks like some of the women I remember from my childhood 70 years ago.

  • Becca August 09, 2017

    I would love to see the projects that your younger children are working on as they learn beginner''s sewing skills. I could use some inspiration to work up to this skill level.

  • Right now I am not doing much sewing with my younger girls. My eldest son uses my machine some but mostly for merit badges and mending. I would check Pinterest for ideas for things you would like to do and sewing tutorials. There are some amazing sewing tutorials out there designed for beginners.

  • Teresa August 09, 2017

    very nice! I like the drop cloth one more than the denim but they are both awesome! LOVE, LOVE the shoes!

  • Kelly August 09, 2017

    Wow!! Color me impressed!!! I'm looking for a 40's Nurses Uniform pattern. My town hosts an annual D Day reenactment which is in 2 weeks! 25,000 people attend. I'd love to dress up as a WWII nurse & participate :) but can't find a pattern :(

  • Laurie Hines August 09, 2017

    Makes me happy to see a young person sewing. Very cute overalls.

  • DonnaMarie August 09, 2017

    I simply love Winter's classic spirit. She is extremely talented and beautiful as well.

  • Dianne August 09, 2017

    She is so beautiful and so talented. Can't wait to see what she does next!!!!!

  • Hilogene in Az August 09, 2017

    I love the look of these overalls, especially the first pair! And the big buttons! She did a great job and looks wonderful. Congratulations to her for being so talented and to you for being her mom;)

  • Mari in Maryland August 09, 2017

    Those are wonderful but wasn't she hot wearing them in the summer to pose for the pictures? I know would have been! She really is very talented.

  • I personally can't stand to wear pants here in the summer, no matter how thin, but these are thin and she says they're loose enough and thin enough that they're not too bad on "cooler" days (I took these photos when the temperature dropped from 114 down to the 90's on a rare overcast day). She'll get more use out of them the other three months of the year (perhaps not too much in winter as the drop cloth is very lightweight cotton; the denim is heavier but still a lightweight cotton).

  • momsav August 09, 2017

    Wow! Another great sewing achievement! She's got me beat! Love the overalls!

  • Jeananne August 09, 2017


  • Isabella August 09, 2017

    Adorable! Again, her hair.... How does she do that so well?

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