1940s menswear suit re-worked as a womens’ suit?

Discussion in 'PUBLIC Vintage Fashion Q & A' started by Lawrrawr, Dec 31, 2019.

  1. Lawrrawr

    Lawrrawr Registered Guest

    So, I’m not sure where this suit came from, or if refashioning a mens’ suit for a woman was indeed a thing in years past. I found this suit in a Kansas City thrift shop years ago, and it appears to be a suit for a Mr L. Brumfield, but repurposed to fit a female body. But: what is this thing?! Was it common to repurpose a mens’ suit for a female form? And WHAT IS THIS SUIT? photos here: https://imgur.com/a/i7NU2Sr
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  2. northstarvintage

    northstarvintage Administrator Staff Member


    I've had a couple of these before, so I think it was somewhat common.

    I love the look of your suit and how it retains the elements of a men's suit - especially those lapels!
  3. Jonathan

    Jonathan Trade Member

    There are 'make do and mend' how to books and panphlets from the war about remaking men's suits into women's suits. With the men off to war, a lot of suits languished away in cupboards, so why not put them to good use... The museum has one example in its collection.
  4. Vinclothes

    Vinclothes Alumni +

    I have seen the patterns and directions for reworking a man's suit for a woman's use-1940's war time. Also much of the wool cloth production was going to uniforms, so fine woolens were less available. I have had more than one. Jonathan, I think one of the newsletters I donated to you has an article and directions.
  5. poppysvintageclothing

    poppysvintageclothing Administrator Staff Member

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    Jonathan Trade Member

  7. Lawrrawr

    Lawrrawr Registered Guest

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