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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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  • She watches video tutorials and she can look at a photo now and figure out how it is done. She wears her hair up almost every day. It takes her 5 minutes to do.

  • Mary August 09, 2017

    Wow! Great job!

  • Kiki August 09, 2017

    So sweet. And Mom, you took some great photos!

  • Marcia R. August 09, 2017

    I love the overalls too. They do have a wonderful classic but vintage look. My granddaughter, who is 25, has a good eye for clothes but no patience to learn sewing. She tried to knit but when she saw it was going to take over a day to become good at it, she gave up. She loves vintage and can "see" something changed around---it's just that I have to do the sewing for her. Luckily, I can, so far. When I was a senior in high school, Peter Pan collars were the latest and greatest and I still love them. So I can understand that too. My high school senior photo was in a short sleeved sweater with a lacy Peter Pan collar over it. I learned to sew in 7th and 8th grade home economics, and I guess I didn't think anything was a problem, because I can remember making a dress with a dropped waistline and a scalloped seam where it joined the bodice. I probably made it at 15 or so. I wonder how I did it, but I just ripped out when necessary, I suppose. It was totally wearable when I finished it. Winter is certainly like that in taking on difficult patterns!

  • Athanasia August 10, 2017

    Marcia, my mother's highschool picture, also, shows her wearing a short sleeved sweater (pullover, no buttons) with a peter pan collar.

  • Stacey August 09, 2017

    What a doll! Winter is beautiful and very talented.

  • Annie-Blake August 09, 2017

    Love the overalls and all the Peter Pan collars. The style of the overalls is gorgeous and Winter looks beautiful in all the photos. So talented!

  • Christine August 09, 2017

    Those are such pretty overalls and look so pretty on her. She sure is a talented seamstress already and seems to be able to sew things up quickly. Great skills to have!

  • eleanor August 09, 2017

    What an elegant and photogenic daughter! Questions -- for those many of us who are not as slender and adorable as your daughter -- can you recommend any patterns for good old fashioned linen pinafores? I love my pinnie from rough linen but it is pricey and I would love to make some out of dropcloth thanks! Winter so happy you are on the blog more you are fabulous.

  • Sarah in Maryland August 10, 2017
  • Stacy Rebek August 09, 2017

    Those are super cute. Are they much trouble to get into? It looks like the top buttons would he difficult to do by yourself.

  • Not at all!

  • Avon Lady TJ August 09, 2017

    She did a wonderful job! I love 40's fashion too. This brings back fond memories of sewing a dress with the help of my mother and great-grandmother when I was a teen. I'm sure Miss Winter will have sweet memories of her sewing projects when she is older as well. Two thumbs up!

  • Nicole August 09, 2017

    Winter is a very talented young woman! Congratulations on such a good effort. Good job Brandy for teaching her do well:)

  • Melody Lindquist August 10, 2017

    So much beauty, talent uniqueness and style! I absolutely love your blog and all you share with us! Thank you!
    Melody in OR

  • LOne Star State Mama August 10, 2017

    Regarding the 5 for $5 pattern sale; how often does JoAnn's or Hobby Lobby offer these sales? I don't typically shop at either store often, usually during the holidays. I would love to pick up more patterns since I'm trying to learn to sew better.

    Congratulations to Winter. She is a amazing seamstress for only being 16 years old.


  • She has improved a lot since then! She is actually 15 still.

    If you are on the mailing list for Joann's and Hobby Lobby, you will know in advance of the sales. I know Joann's sends out flyers and has this sale several times during the year. I don't know how often Hobby Lobby has this sale; Hobby Lobby is new by me and though I've signed up for their mailing list I haven't ever received anything. I don't know if they send out flyers or not. Someone else mentioned them having this sale in the comments so look back through the comments and you should have a date.

  • Athanasia August 10, 2017

    We have a Joann, but there is no Hobby Lobby in the area. Joann doesn't put flyers in the paper here but you can get emails and then print off their coupons. That is what I do. They also will send text message coupons.

  • Athanasia, are you not on Joann's mailing list? I get a flyer from them in the mail with the sales and coupons. You can use those in addition to all of the text, email, and app coupons. I don't get the paper but this tells me the sales for quite a long time (usually 2 weeks' worth of sales plus any special holiday sales). The last one I got was an 11-page booklet with 10 coupons.

  • Athanasia August 11, 2017

    Hmmm, I should check. If the flyers give a longer sale notice, that would be nice. The coupons I get by text/email always seem very short dated.

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