40′s Style Work Jumpsuit Made From Dishtowels!!

Factory girl overalls
 My inspirations for this piece from Gigi’s Spring Collection were 1940′s women from World War 2
 For the first time women were doing the mens’ jobs in factories, building planes and ships. Also, a new mode in fashion, sportswear was evolving and female designers like Clare McCardell were leading the way. For the first time in fashion, function and practicality became important. 
Of course I made some overalls!
 I was going to enter this project for the sportwear challenge this week at Project Run And Play but I think it is more fitting for the upcycled project since it’s made from dishtowels.
Factory girl overalls

The Santa Paula Airport is known for its vintage airplane scene so I thought it was perfect to photograph Gigi in her overalls.
I made these overalls from dishtowel fabric and they are really durable.

Here I am with Gigi in my Grapes Of Wrath dress.

These little overalls tie onto loops on the front. I got the pattern from the book One Yard Woders.
I can’t recommend this book enough. It has 101 projects to do with one yard of fabric or less. I added pockets and cuffs to the pattern. Kids love pockets!

Ready for takeoff!

I loved this old plane.

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  1. thingsforboys says:

    what a cute idea! Very vintage looking :)

  2. House of Pinheiro says:

    what a lovely assemble… love the photo of you too.

  3. Oh my goodness, Gigi looks too cute for words! I love her overalls so much!!!

  4. I love it! So cute! And her little red shoes are adorable, too!

  5. so utterly cute!

  6. OakRose Mama says:

    so cute! love the fabric too

  7. SOOOOOOOOO cute, love the heart and love the picture of the two of you together.

  8. What a funny idea! It turned out really cute! (In an old sewing magazine, I had an idea of baby sundress and cap made from men’s handkerchiefs. :o )

  9. This is so cute! I want to make one.

  10. Absolutely adorable, but then you have just the cutest model for your creation. I love these make-do-and-mend type projects too.

  11. This is just too cute…and so creative. I wouldn’t be surprised if in the 1930s/40s…enterprising mothers used cotton feed sacks to make clothes , too. I’m going to share this post with my cousin. She is a fantastic seamstress…and I think she’ll like your blog :) :) Love and hugs from the ocean shores of California,Heather :) :) :)

    • Justine of SewCountryChick says:

      Hi Heather. Actually mothers did use feed sacks to make childrens and their own clothing. I wrote a blog about this. I will send you the link.

  12. Justine of SewCountryChick says:

    Thanks Marie!

  13. You’re so smart. Dish towels are very durable. And Gigi’s overalls look fantastic on her! Your dress looks great too. I have the One Yard Wonders book and I love it too! I think I might like a pair of shorts made out of dish towel fabric….

  14. So cute!!! I love the colors you chose!
    Beth

  15. These are so darn cute! And you put them together with such panache! They’re keepers for sure!
    Cheryl

  16. Ah!!!! This is just heart-thumping ADORABLE! Love that last photo, too. You are amazing, Justine!
    Pinning!
    <3 Christina

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  18. This is so cute!!

  19. These are so cute & only make me want the 2nd one yard wonders book even more! I have the first book and like you say can’t recomend it enough.

  20. moxiemandie says:

    So super cute!!

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