Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Simplicity 7099 - Boy's Colonial Costume


1938, based on the cinema listings in a cutout from a newspaper folded in with the pattern pieces (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves was playing at the Melba, children 20 cents all times.)

Independence Day is always a good time to get your Colonial on.  There is something sort of uproarious about providing the 9d price in the British Isles.  Perhaps if you squint really hard, the instruction sheet says "George III," not "George Washington"

Size 6 is for a little tyke, and won't he look splendid riding on the fire engine in the July 4th parade?  That is, if Mama managed to work her way through the tiny instruction sheet and the half inch seam allowances.

Have a safe and happy Independence Day, everybody!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

McCall 3298 - Men's Overalls


1920s. 

A nice basic bib-and-braces overalls pattern for the gentleman.  More research needs to be done into household management in order to understand the decision to make overalls rather than buy them.

And if you were struggling to decide whether to make these up in hickory cloth or denim (or perhaps white duck if the gentleman is a house painter,) McCall's helpfully offers...stripes or checks!


Whether or not this pattern has been used is a little difficult to interpret.  When I opened out the pattern pieces I discovered that the only pieces that had been cut were the front, the back, and the large pocket. Further, the front and back had been cut only down to about thigh-level.


What's going on here?  One idea that occurs to me is that this overalls pattern was used to make a bib apron.  I haven't yet found home sewing patterns for men's bib aprons as early as the 1920s, but butchers' and machinists' aprons do show up in the mail order catalogs of the period.  If this was the case here, my guess is that the inseams probably weren't cut in the fabric and the maker just dropped a line straight down.  But it's curious that the shoulder strap piece wasn't cut.