Sunday, June 14, 2015

Giving It Up for the War Effort

When fabric began being rationed in 1942 -- everything was saved for the war effort -- designers had to be especially creative.  Clothing of this era usually lacked buttons, lace, or embellishments, and were shorter in length than prior to the war. Sleeves were shorter, and hem and belt width was limited to 2 inches.  (If you were a bride, or were pregnant, the rules were different.)

I like this 1943 dress because it shows the creativity used to create a fashionable day look while not having all the frippery.  The bow could be made from a remnant, and although Style A (on the left) looks like the cutouts may have lace to fill them, the instructions do not mention it.  Notice, there are no pockets, which were also considered unnecessary in most garments.

I don't know that we will ever see another time where people come together for a single effort like we did during World War II.  Bless all those soldiers for whom the sacrifices were made, and especially those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

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