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40’s Farm Girl Overalls

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I didn’t get many photos of my farm girl impression while at my reenactment, mostly because it was freeeezing and I hardly ever took off my barn coat and layers of sweaters! There isn’t anything too fancy about my outfit. I pulled inspiration from photos like this one and did the best I could to recreate it. I ended up making the overalls the day before I left for the event. In fact, I finished sewing on the buttons just minutes before I had to leave for the airport. Nothing like last minute sewing! The bottom half of the pattern is actually this 40’s repro one, and the bibs I drafted myself! They’re far from perfect, but with my time constraints and lack of direction, I’m really pleased with how they turned out!

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I left out the side zipper of the pants and added these little button tabs on both sides instead. They were definitely a “wing it and hope for the best” sort of addition but they totally worked!! I love when that happens!! (…that doesn’t happen often lol)

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Both my flannel and my sweater are actually menswear items from Old Navy! Shhhhhhh, don’t tell! lol Actually for my purposes they worked just fine, and nobody gave me any grief for it. In fact, you’d be surprised how many “modern” articles of clothing work just fine for certain reenactor garb. Plus, if I had an actual sweater from the 40’s, I probably wouldn’t want to wear it and risk ruining it. I know a lot of reenactors also feel that way about their originals. Keep the vintage preserved and wear reproductions when appropriate! I still have a lot to learn about WWII reenacting, but so far I’m totally hooked and I can’t wait to do more researched on the Women’s Land Army of America and Britain, and also WOWs! I’m counting down the days until my next event!

Hope you had an awesome weekend!