>Leg-O-Mutton Overcoats, 1936-1937

>One of the love/hate relationships I have with the 1930s is the wild revival of “Victorian” leg-o-mutton sleeves.  The 30s loved to take different whimsical ideas from different decades, and the period of 1936-1939 is truly a quirky twist on some Victorian aesthetics.  In many of my late 30s magazines it talks of revival- from bringing out grandmother’s jewels to tilt hats held with little bows at the back of the head, to leg-o-mutton sleeves and nipped in waists.  I thought you might get a kick out of the coats on these two pages, from a Fall and Winter 1936-1937 catalog.  They’ve still got a the tailored sophistication of the 30s but with just a hint of the funny juxtaposition of pseudo-Victorian inspired full sleeves or high necks.  Enjoy!

Many thanks for the birthday wishes and comments on the last few posts! I’m starting to a little better so hopefully will have some fun goodies for the shop up in a few days.
I’ve also tracked down my wool for my overcoat, so am hoping to start on that lovely 1930s coat from the Vintage Pattern Lending Library.  Yay!

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6 Responses to >Leg-O-Mutton Overcoats, 1936-1937

  1. >These are so fantastic (in that great neo-Victorian outlandish sort of way!!). I'm SO excited to see the progression of your amazing coat!

  2. Sarsaparilla says:

    >Actually…I really love this look. Very feminine. I especially like the $9.98 fox fur coat. Just read your Route 66 post too. You look so cute standing in front of that Wigwam Motel truck. 🙂

  3. garofit says:

    >it works for me 🙂

  4. LandGirl1980 says:

    >$7.98 for a coat? I'll have 3! 🙂

  5. Miss Rayne says:

    >I love the victorian revival in the 30s. On the whole the 30s produced some very strange and complicated sleeves, on a scale of 1-10 I'd say leg of mutton come in at about 2 or 3.

  6. Tia says:

    >The fox fur coat is great!

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