1942 Vintage Sewing Pattern B34″- W28″ OVERALLS SLACK SUIT (1330)


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~ Circa: March 1942 WW2

~ Size/Measurements (Inches):    Size: 16    BUST: 34″    Waist:  28″     Hip: 37″ 


~ Details:  SLACK SUIT OVERALLS with drop seat bottom area, closes each side with slide fasteners, buttons to waistline –  This is one of the most sought after patterns from WW2, extremely rare, and issued as part of the war effort for the women’s defense.

~ History: By 1942 many women were working as part of the war effort and employed in many areas of the work force! During world war 2 women were needed by the national war effort to undertake new roles, so recruitment continued. In Great Britain, this was known as a process of “Dilution”. For the duration of the War, women did take on skilled “Mens’ Work” and were very successful at it!  

In the 1940s Simplicity published a periodical for Home Economics teachers called School Sewing Service News. The issue for March 1942 profiled this pattern in a section called “Fashions for Freedom.” In that feature we find this stylish, permed-and-lipsticked young woman modeling the coverall, see picture. (Unfortunately, the snappy garrison cap – also known as a side cap – is not included in the pattern)

Notice that the shirt is sewn to the trousers only in the front.  The overalls have a drop seat, which is achieved by opening the zippers or snaps on either side and unbuttoning the trousers from shirt at the waist. To keep the whole ensemble together the belt is buttoned through.


~ Please Note: ~ You are buying a ‘Professional Digitally Reproduced’ copy of this sewing pattern. Copied from the original sewing pattern. Produced in Full Scale Pattern Pieces ready to cut with full instructions included. Reproduced on high quality 50 gm paper with black ink, durable and easier for reuse.


~ With this product comes an accompanying ‘Booklet’ and inside the Booklet it includes:

~ A 2 page Instructions and Illustrations on ‘How to Adjust Your pattern to your Personal Measurement .

~ Personal Measurement Chart’

~ Body Form Illustrations

~ Fitting Checklist

~ Metric Equivalency Chart

~ Note Pages

~ Fabric Worksheet

~ Garment History Page

~ ‘Grandma Told Me’ – Historical facts related to that year or era



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