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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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  • Athanasia August 19, 2017

    For the first time ever there was a JoAnn's flyer in the paper. It was very small...4 pages basically one pie e of newsprint folded.

  • I misspoke It was on my Facebook page where a reader said Hobby Lobby has Simplicity patterns on sale for $.99 this week. Double check their website ad for your area before you go.

  • Mrs T August 10, 2017

    Wonderful! I've wanted overalls for awhile, but the current ones are so sloppy and mannish looking. These are lovely!

  • Lynn August 10, 2017

    What a talent! I love vintage clothing, even overalls look classy. Winter has the skill to open a cottage industry. There is a homeschool mom in our town that does repairs, alterations. She has more work than she can do, and gets a very handsome income from it.

  • Marianne Drew August 10, 2017

    The dropcloth ones are just fabulous!! I love the design. Winter has a wonderful talent.

  • Carol S. August 10, 2017

    I love this and all of Winter's sewing projects. And I totally enjoy your blog. You are truly gifted in so many ways.

  • Bethany August 10, 2017

    A tip on Joann coupons- they not only print them in the sale flyers, but you can print them from the website also, and if you sign up for their text lists, they will text coupons codes to your phone that can be scanned at the store. As I've found the website ones will print from my work, I print them there and at home and share with my daughter- who gets her own text and flyer coupons. It's very nice when they have the 50 or 60% off coupons to have multiples. As only one is allowed per trip, you do have to make multiple stops. Also, the high value coupon scan off the LOWEST regular priced item, so be sure to only purchase the item you really want- I've boughten all our gingher scissors, snap setters, and rotary cutters this way (because I just can't justify over 50 dollars for a pair of scissors!).

    I see her own sewing machine on Winters gift wish list soon!

  • Athanasia August 10, 2017

    We have had no trouble using multiple coupons in one visit. They take the, for example, 60% off one regular priced item combined with a 10% or 20% or $5 off entire purchase. And the coupons don't cancel out so you can use them over. I keep a list of thread colors I need and then when there is a 60% off regular price item I but thread...brings it down to a more reasonable price.

  • A sewing machine would be a very expensive gift. I don't spend that much money on all 8 of my children combined for two Christmases. Her own pair of Ginger dressmaker sheers, bought with a 50% off coupon, would be pushing the limit of the amount I would spend. At some point, I will gift her her own pair of those for Christmas or her birthday.

  • Anne August 10, 2017

    I may be way off track, but it seems that I see women selling their sewing machines fairly often. Now, perhaps they are older and won't have many upgrades. But I get the impression that machines are given up fairly often as a hobby that didn't work out. I could be wrong. Also, she might save up and buy a used one herself.

  • Anne, that's a good point about buying a used machine. It's still above what I would spend for a child for a gift. I think she will eventually save up and buy one for herself when she no longer lives at home.

  • Debby in KS August 11, 2017

    Finding them at estate sales and such is cheapER than buying new, but still not cheap. Our quilting group brought several from estate sales. A newer basic Janome and 2 older Berninas (about 10+ yrs. old). None were less than $100 and they all required a good tune-up service before using. Even with our discount, it's still about $50 for that.

    Maybe it's different somewhere else, but that's the average around here. I bought a very basic cheapo new for $110.
    It's fine for my very basic sewing skills, but I wouldn't challenge it too much!! The sewing gurus in my life tell me that they haven't really seen a 'good' new machine for less than $250 and that's why they stalk estate sales.

  • That's what I've seen too Debby.

  • Anne August 11, 2017

    Yes, machines have changed so much. I do see them used for $50 but they are really basic. I am still using my mother's machine, a WHITE, that she bought in 1964. Of course it pretty much only works really well for woven fabric and not knit and stretchy stuff. But I did make my sons' t-shirts on it when they were growing up in the '80s. How I used to long for a serger, but I never did indulge in one.

  • Debby in KS August 12, 2017

    Anne, my mom had a WHITE, too. Probably bought about the same time as yours! That machine certainly earned its keep. It made my clothes, my mom's clothes, quilts, curtains, cheerleading outfits, Halloween costumes, etc. She used it clear into the early 2000's, when she got macular degeneration. I'll bet the new machines don't last 40+ yrs.!

  • Juls Owings August 13, 2017

    I have a Singer that was bought in 1967. My son uses it now.

  • Juls Owings August 13, 2017

    I have gotten a couple from ladies that died that were into sewing. They had told their hubbys to give them to me. I also got one from a lady who no longer could sew and it was just sitting there. I bartered cleaning for the machine. I just had to let it be known I was looking for a machine that worked but couldn't pay for.

  • Athanasia August 10, 2017

    Winter did a very nice job. I clicked on the shoe link and I like the look of the tan ones. They look just like shoes I have seen in old movies. Brandy, you should add a link back to the historic sewing project that Winter did for the trek. New readers might not have seen that one.

    I have seen a picture of my Aunt Beryl, an aunt by marriage on my father's side. She worked at s ship builders during WWII. She's wearing a blouse in floral print with the sleeves rolled up and a very similar pair of overalls. She worked inside the hulls as she was small. Not a job I would want to do but her husband was away, they had no children yet, and she wanted some to occupy her time. Her husband was in the last year of Divinity school so she took a bus every week to the shipyard (about 3 hours away) , stayed in a dorm style house with 15 or so other women and then took the bus back home for the weekend.

  • Debby in KS August 10, 2017

    Those are darling!! When I was 19, I found pair of similar overalls at the store. They were pink and they tied in back. They were 100% cotton, like a thicker muslin. Very girly!! Anyway, they were my absolute favorite and I wore them into rags. It was funny to think back at how many compliments I got on them, but everyone I met would tell me how cute and unique they were. Winter's remind me a little of those. Very feminine and flattering, not what you expect when you hear the word 'overalls'.

    That's an impressive sewing project. Pretty soon there's not going to be anything she can't make! What a wonderful talent to take into adulthood!

  • JENNIFER Brown August 10, 2017

    Just Darling. A great job.

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