Thursday, May 28, 2009

McCall 5345 Ladies' and Misses' Coverall

1943.  The illustrator wants to make sure you understand the function of this garment; one wears this coverall with sensible (but very cute) little flat shoes in the kitchen, where the carpet sweeper awaits you once you doff your bright red rubber gloves.

This war-time dress, cut from about four yards of 36" wide fabric is wrap-fronted but not reversible fronted like the earlier Hoover aprons.

The instruction sheet still gives directions for making hand-worked button holes, and also expects that you'll baste the sleeves in by hand before sewing them on the machine.


Diane Shiffer said...

you really can tell from the cut of this that it's a war-time dress, can't you? i am just beginning to be able to decipher all of the ins and outs of such things, but it is all so very interesting!

oh, and it may (or may not;)) interest you to know that i am having a give-away for oodles of vintage-y sewing notions at my blog. come on over if you've a mind to☺

Diane Shiffer said...

i spose i should have referred to this garment as something other than a "dress"...:P

Shay said...

The gathered front of the top wrap portion of the skirt is a very practical design detail; it gives the wearer the necessary coverage when she sits down. said...

As Shay pointed out, this is a well-designed pattern. It's interesting that the version on the right shows the big-shouldered look of the era, even though the pattern itself doesn't mention shoulder pads (nor would I expect it to.)

Little Black Car said...

I recently purchased a mid-1950's day dress pattern (a plain button-front, a little less informal than the wrapper styles) that had originally been mailed to somewhere in Ohio. There was a handwritten notation on the front of the mailing envelope: "Takes three feed sacks to make this dress, of same material."

I really like the narrower cut of the 1940's dresses better than the square-miles-of-skirt you get in the 1950's. The pattern above has a bell-shaped six-gored skirt that appears to be a holdover from the late 1940's. I've got a serious weakness for 1940's housedresses in general, though; so many of them had such practical pockets and yet were designed to be cute and creative. said...

There is something very no-nonsense and thrifty about war era clothes, and of course, the New Look was reaction to this.

The feed sack notation is wonderful, and useful to know, if I ever come across a good haul of feed sacks (hasn't happened yet, but you never know)

I agree that adequate pockets is a big plus with house dresses. Every once in a while I'll make a skirt or a dress without pockets and it's always a huge mistake; I think the days of tucking one's hankies in one's bosom are definitely behind us.