Mending Mens Suits - 1943

Discussion in 'Suits' started by Dinerman, Jul 15, 2010.

  1. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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    Here's a 1943 Government publication on how to mend mens suits. I got it on ebay a little bit ago and thought it may come in handy to some of you.

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  2. Dinerman

    Dinerman Super Moderator Bartender

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  4. Nick D

    Nick D Call Me a Cab

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    That's amazing. I know I'll be able to use this at some point.

    One of my suits has one of those pocket repairs in the trousers. With the result that the repaired right pocket is deeper than the left.
     
  5. Guttersnipe

    Guttersnipe One Too Many

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    It seems like this ought to be a sticky! Thanks Dinerman.
     
  6. thunderw21

    thunderw21 I'll Lock Up

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    Wonderful, thanks!
     
  7. skyvue

    skyvue Call Me a Cab

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    I recently bought a copy of that booklet, too, thinking I'd share it here (since I don't sew), but you beat me to it, Dinerman.
     
  8. davestlouis

    davestlouis Practically Family

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    Very cool, I like the multiple trouser cuff repairs that allow for wear.
     
  9. Mario

    Mario I'll Lock Up

    Dinerman - this is great! Thank you for taking the time to scan all those pages. Very cool! :eusa_clap :eusa_clap
     
  10. HoundstoothLuke

    HoundstoothLuke Familiar Face

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    Very interesting stuff there, and a far cry from today when the trousers would just be chucked out rather than repaired.

    On a related note, how much did men's fashions change in the US during ww2? Were double breasted suits and waistcoats frowned upon due to the excess material used?
     
  11. Tailor Tom

    Tailor Tom One of the Regulars

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    My little bit....

    A lot of changes were made for the War effort. One of the biggest is that trousers weren't produced with cuffs. the plain hem would save a couple inches of material. When the War was over, you then see a lot of cuffs returning to trouser ads and then into one's wardrobe.

    And quite simply, most people really curtailed their clothing purchases during those years.
     

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