>Finished Project- WWII Factory Coveralls

>Yesterday was one of my favorite events of the entire year, the Los Angeles Air Raid at Fort MacArthur.
It was a very wet and windy day for Southern California, and we made a not-too-bad trip up in my husband’s 1939 Plymouth, but once there it started coming down and was quite chilly.  I am SO glad I made these for tromping around outside in the wet!

The pattern I used for this was Butterick 2047– which  I actually sold on Ebay last week.  It was quite difficult to make, but I finished it in time for the event. Yay! It had a LOT of buttons.  There were three on each side of the pants, four hidden at the back under the belt (for a drop seat), three up the front, three at the button fly, and one at the inside of each pant leg so you don’t get caught in machinery.  Instead of full length sleeves I opted to make them have short sleeves.  I also got the fabric for my head scarf custom printed at Spoonflower, but need to do it again as it came out more of an orange red than the red I had wanted (note to self: next time order a swatch).
These coveralls were actually quite fun to wear.  I could wander all over in pants and shoes and not worry too much about the cold and wet and mud.  It was perfect for outside wandering.  Unfortunately it was too chilly and wet to actually wear them as in these photos and the rest of the evening found me bundled up with a Pendleton coat underneath my Ahwahnee Coat– which, let me tell you, I was SO glad to have.  That hood is darn handy!
For the evening I changed into a vintage angora bolero over a knit top and a cute bias cut 40s wool skirt I made *cough*the night before*cough*  but I neglected to take any pictures of that outfit OR any of most of the lovely friends we saw yesterday.  I do have pretty much all of my pictures up now on Flickr, but I’m really hoping to post a few here after recouping from yesterday’s fun.  A lot of the outfits yesterday were positively inspired!  I am so sad I didn’t take more photos!

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20 Responses to >Finished Project- WWII Factory Coveralls

  1. Brook says:

    >Love the coveralls! Looks great on you. I want to see what you printed on your head scarf.

  2. Lauren says:

    >Thanks! I was so bad at taking photos yesterday! But it was a Womans Ordinance Worker type logo. I'll try to get a shot of it later 🙂

  3. honey hi says:

    >those are amazing!!im not a pants girl but they look so good on! and yours came out looking better than the drawing on the package. so cute! good thinking with the short sleeves too, came out great !:)janinehoneyhivintage.blogspot.com

  4. Kori says:

    >How cute!!! I'm having a great giveaway to celebrate my blog makeover. If you haven't entered, check it out! Kori xoxo http://www.blondeepisodes.com/2011/02/makeover-blog-giveaway.html

  5. Isis says:

    >The overall looks great, and you in it as well!

  6. Debi says:

    >The coveralls are fantastic! I love them!! Wow..that is a lot of buttons! 🙂

  7. >Wow! Those look so nice and comfy! Very cool! 🙂

  8. Carys says:

    >Those overalls are amazing, you look so nice!! I love the sunglasses and headscarf too!From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

  9. Andrea says:

    >WOW! Those are amazing! You look so cute, I love the whole outfit!

  10. FoofandFaff says:

    >Aw I missed the giveaway! You look great in this outfit, never thought overalls could look good haha! 🙂

  11. Miss Tess says:

    >You look awesome – and your photos on Flickr are great too!T.xxx

  12. >Looks so cute on you! Not sure it's something I'd wear on a day to day basis, but it's definitely perfect for WWII military events.

  13. >Cute coveralls! I love your sunglasses, too. Looks like you had a great time!

  14. Lauren says:

    >Thanks so much, gals! They are certainly not something I'd wear every day either, but they were fun for the event! I might wear them camping or something like that, too 🙂

  15. Lauren says:

    >Very cute! They look super comfortable too 😀

  16. casey says:

    >Oh my–I LOVE how this turned out, Lauren! You look so chic and like you just stepped out of "Millions Like Us". 😉 (Which I just rewatched a couple weeks ago because Netflix had it on instant play–hurrah!) You never cease to inspire me with your projects and comprehensive looks you put together for these events. :)♥ Casey

  17. garofit says:

    >I love it, and such a gorgeous color too!

  18. >This came out so cute! I'm glad you stuck with it and got them made. Val

  19. >brilliant! the scarf is a perfect touch, too!

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