Dear Friend,

Once again the beautiful Rochelle from Lucky Lucille blog is hosting

Sew for Victory

 If you are a budding sewer you should grab a pattern and get sewing (you have until the end of April to complete your project). If you’re an avid armchair sewing spectator get over to the Flicker group and check out all the fab entries and watch them progress from ideas to full articles of clothing.

My Sew for Victory entry is inspired my the correspondence between WW2 sweethearts (between home and the front line), as well as the envelopes and stamps that transported these letters.

Wives and girlfriends took to drawing cute pictures and colouring envelopes in an effort to send their love across the land and seas that divided them.

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not to be outdone the men sent funny drawings on their replies

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The pattern I’ve selected in a very basic one that uses minimal fabric and no notions- with the exception of a zip in the side to allow for getting it on and off. It is a reprint of an original one from the 1940’s, as I didn’t have time to wait for an original to arrive by mail.

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This is quite a different look for me.

I’m making blouse D (minus the rick-rack).

The reason I picked this blouse is that it uses the bare minimum of fabric- only 1.5metres, no buttons and only one zip. I’m usually a fiend for using acres of fabric but for this challenge I wanted to work within wartime rationing restrictions.

The fabric I have chosen is a collage of vintage stamps, that appear to be from the 1940’s. They feature many European countries as well as colonial and imperial territories in Africa, Europe and Asia. I can just imagine letters arriving home to wives and girlfriends dotted with these stamps, telling tales of where these boys had been and how far they had travelled.

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and the letters that returned to the soldiers came from equally diverse places ranging from Canada, Australia, Ireland, Scotland and America.

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I like the fact that so many countries are represented… so many WW2 patriotic prints so often focus primarily on Britain and the USA.

The colour palette fits quite nicely with the browns, orange and greens that abounded in the 1940’s and I plan to wear the blouse back with a chocolate brown wool skirt. The only problem is that the only brown skirt I have is mid calf length….and it is decidedly 30’s in it’s look…and one size too big for me. So, the other half of my Sewing For Victory entry- is a remake this skirt.

The women of WW2 couldn’t just pop to the shop to buy more fabric to whip up another skirt. They had to re-cut and altered existing pieces of clothing if they started to look shabby or ware through…so I am going to take a leaf from their book and I’m going to Make do and Mend.

But more of that next post.

xx

Shauna