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WWII WAVES/SPARS: "the best dressed women in the world"?

vintagewool

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"$200 worth of clothes free!"
-Uncle Sugar to American women, USN WAVES recruiting advertisement, dangling the Mainbocher-fashion WAVES uniform as an enticement.
-"How to serve your country in the WAVES" booklet (see attached PDF)

WAVE recruits in their civilian clothes:

WAVE swabbing in USN dungarees:

WAVE rolling a snowball, in knee-length overcoat?:

No peacoat for WAVES?:

Mainbocher WWII:

Mainbocher (the evening suit resembles the WAVE ceremonial dress uniform):

WAVE uniforms:

WAVE jacket customized as civilian:

WWII WAVE doll sewing pattern:

WWII UK WREN knitting pattern:

General:


I have not seen much about reproduction WAVES/SPARS uniforms but I wonder whether the doll sewing patterns might provide clues to any interested seamstresses.
 

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