|Some of my 40s work wear from the 2018 blueberry season. |
pants and blouse from 40s patterns
|Another light working outfit with a bit nicer blouse and denim pants. |
Blouse and pants from 40s patterns.
To start, I took some serious inventory of what I had that could work, what I wanted, what I needed, and what was actually available in the market in terms of patterns, fabrics, and even ready to wear with prices. When I looked through my closet, I started with two pairs of wool slacks and lots of rather plain cotton blouses in some really wild vintage prints. I also had some sweaters that were o.k. for a 40s look. In the 2017 season, I was able to wear those wool slacks and cotton blouses at work and had no problems really for when I was working with the customers in our "little store" at the main barn. Unfortunately, those wool slacks and cotton blouse were no match for the field work. I needed and wanted something more rugged. . . . So far, what I did have was some nice blouses really that would truly work for me. . That was all. Not too great a start but we all have to start somewhere.
|An early crack at 40s "working wear" with |
wool slacks and a colorful printed blouse.
Great for light work in the "store" but not in the filed.
|Re printed Simplicity pattern. |
The pattern which I made my first
40s working wear from. . . .
Later over the winter, I figured that I could not live with only my cotton blouses and one pair of overalls. . I needed more (much more). To continue my building, I pulled out a Folk Wear pattern from a friend that was for a pair of 40s trousers and whipped up two pairs of slacks. . .One pair from a really good denim and another from a brown bull cotton (like a denim but not. . . It's a rugged cotton). After cutting those out, I had enough left over for something else. But, two pairs of pants? Check and check!!
Over the winter, I had made up for myself: two pairs of overalls, two pairs of pants and I still had all the blouses I had previously made. Not too bad a start for building a collection a 40s working wear now is it? Like I already said, it is a start and I am by no means finished. Farm wear gets dirty fast and a fresh pair of anything is a blessing no matter how you dice it. I have some left over denim yet that I think will be just enough for another pair of pants and I plan to buy more too to make as many a possible as the modern denim I have is getting pretty old anyway and will have to be replaced sooner or later (but it all had a good run, those are almost 10 years old!). Other items that would not hurt to be had are maybe some jackets and a coat but I have a nice military surplus camo coat I wear in the winter that has served me quite faithfully and I am sure it will continue to do so.
Once I was in the 2018 blueberry season, I had a really good set of 40s working wear and I was getting a lot of compliments on it too. People were getting a kick out of it.
I don't have too many pictures of my working wear because when I'm wearing it I am working . Not too much time for pictures to be honest. And when my day is done I am too tired to get the camera and tri pod out . . .So you will have to live what I have here. My working wear is not too fancy and I have it down to a formula. Jeans and blouse and sweater.