Introducing the Newest Pattern! WWII Home Front Overalls

I’m happen to announce the latest pattern addition to Wearing History, which is now available for Pre-Order!

A perfect addition to your 1940s wardrobe, these WWII Home Front Overalls, Playsuit, and Trousers are both functional and fashionable!  Every WWII gal needed a pair of trousers or overalls when working toward Victory, and with this pattern you can make this vintage essential for your wardrobe!

This pattern features a lovely V neckline, straps that criss-cross at the back, a set in belt, and trousers with optional front pockets.  This can be worn over a blouse (blouse NOT included in this pattern, blouse pictured is from Smooth Sailing pattern), but the overalls hit high enough that you could wear them without a blouse, as in the late 1930’s “Farmerette” fashion, or as a playsuit with shorts.  The front of the pants have a tuck on each side, which is hidden when the pockets are used.  The tuck will be visible if no pockets are used.  If made without the top, these make excellent trousers, and when made in denim and with the pockets, they are great 1940’s jeans!

This pattern is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern based on an original period mail order pattern from the WWII era.  Unlike the other Resto-Vival patterns, which are follow the outline of original period pattern pieces, this pattern needed serious corrections in order to make the pattern fit together properly.   I have edited, corrected, and improved this pattern so you can be sure the pieces will go together as they should.  This pattern retains authentic period fit, including the lower crotch rise length that is different than the rise in today’s trousers.

This pattern includes pattern instructions based on on the original instructions.  Some notes have been added to the instructions to aid in construction.

 This pattern was originally available in Misses sizes 30″ bust to 40″ bust, but this pattern has been graded to expand the sizes to MISSES size 30″ bust through 46″ bust.  Larger sizes are based off the same misses size pattern and ARE NOT plus size.

This pattern is available in 3 sizes per packet.

This is the first Wearing History pattern that will be available as a mailed, printed pattern OR as a print-at-home E-pattern.  The expected release date is May 9th.


As a special promotion, until the pattern release date you can pre-order this pattern for $24!  That is a $6 discount off of the regular $30 price.


The e-pattern is not available for pre-order, but will be placed on the site on the release date for $9.99.


This pattern is an excellent match for the Victory Hats Pattern (which includes a factory worker cap to keep your hair in place for your Rosie factory worker impression) or the Smooth Sailing Pattern, which is the pattern for the blouse pictured here with the overalls and includes my top-rated WH original pattern for vintage trousers.  Remember, two patterns ship for the same price as one!  Patterns ordered with this pre-order will ship after the release date.


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9 Comments on Introducing the Newest Pattern! WWII Home Front Overalls

  1. Sean MacKenzie
    May 3, 2013 at 11:16 am (11 years ago)

    How cute!! I adore all things Rosie the Riveter and this is perfect for that war years look.

    The Fictionista

  2. Tasha
    May 3, 2013 at 11:24 am (11 years ago)

    Oh Lauren, these are *fabulous*!! I rarely buy a pattern the very first time I see it but I couldn’t have pre-ordered this pattern quick enough! I love everything about it. Can’t wait to sew up a pair!

  3. Courtney
    May 3, 2013 at 1:35 pm (11 years ago)

    Absolutely fabulous! You make the most stunning patterns!

  4. Ginger
    May 3, 2013 at 1:45 pm (11 years ago)

    So cool! I love them!

  5. Rochelle New
    May 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm (11 years ago)

    I can’t wait to make these for my next WWII reenactment in July!! I do an American Crop Corps impression and these bibs are just so perfect! So excited right now!

  6. Tina Vines
    May 3, 2013 at 4:56 pm (11 years ago)

    Oooh…I’ve been wanting to make forties overalls and this pattern is perfect! I can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

  7. K2
    May 3, 2013 at 6:00 pm (11 years ago)

    I’m a real world Rosie, although I’m not a riveter. I seal inside the wings of commercial aircraft so they hold fuel. I’ve always wanted to make a pair of WWII overalls to wear to work. Even if I only wear them one day. I’ve pre-ordered the pattern and I can’t wait to make them.

  8. Elisha
    May 3, 2013 at 7:30 pm (11 years ago)

    Wanted to say I appreciated that the larger sizes are not plus-sized. I’m very tall with a large bust and, as such, wear big sizes but not PLUS sizes, which tend to bag up on me in weird places. Can’t wait to try this pattern.

  9. Kellie
    May 6, 2013 at 3:05 pm (11 years ago)

    I have been waiting for these!!!
    I totally need them for work and can’t wait until the pattern gets here!
    I’ve pre-booked!
    Thanks so much!!!

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