LET’S EXTEND OUR VISIT TO THE WARTIME 1940’S – WITH A SWING COAT

This is a real-deal wartime garment, illustrating some of the rationing which was taking place in the early to mid-1940’s. Shorter length, fabric that is a mystery rather than pure wool and no metal used for buttons or buckles. In fact, no buttons or buckles at all. Made by a Garment Workers Union without a brand name, this coat was made to satisfy the needs and tastes of women while citizens of the U.S. and others across the world were all making do with restricted availability of materials needed to support the war effort.

Garment designers and workers did their tailoring best with great success. As always, our ability to rise to the occasion with ingenuity produced a garment that served the need in iconic style. What you don’t see in these photos is some interesting seaming on the shoulders and a beautiful silky lining. Another fave . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

MORGANA MARTIN, THE MAGICVINTAGESPY

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