Vintage late 1930s to early 1940s dressing gown or wrapper made of soft feedsack cotton features a sweet floral print of dusty blue cornflowers, tiny red flowers, and jade green leaves.
Styled with short, puffed sleeves, a shawl collar, and two front patch pockets, it closes with an offset loop and shell button at the waist. Two self-fabric half-ties are attached on either side in back, and can be used either to cinch the waist in front or tie into a bow in back; I show views of both options. A security tie inside the waist helps keep the bodice snug while the long, flared skirt sweeps about the legs.
Though clothing made of colorfully printed flour and sugar sacks is most associated with the frugal Depression years, it was popular through WWII as well, due to scarcity and rationing--so much so that a Minnesota newspaper reported in 1945 that the “secondhand bag industry” wanted to prohibit the use of dress prints on feedsacks, since too many women “cut them up for dresses instead of returning them for re-use as shipping containers”.
Nicely homesewn, this pretty robe measures bust 36”, shoulders 15”, waist 26”, hips 36”, bodice length 17” and overall length 48”. Very good condition, with the fabric free of stains or tears but softened with age.
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