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!

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

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

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    Danielle @ Blissful and Domestic

  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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