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The Perfect Victory Gardening Outfit

I found this fashion advice in the October 1943 Australian Women’s Weekly –

“While you are digging in your victory garden wear this cool frock in tricolor gingham, with an effectively simple crossover bodice buttoned  at the side and youthful drindl skirt.  Defy the sun with a whopping green coolie hat.”



A drindl skirt is basically just a full gathered skirt with a tight waistband – sort of peasant style.  There is a super simple tutorial for one here.

The bodice could just be edged gingham draped and buttons and button holes added. the closest pattern I have been able to find is this one (available on Etsy for $85 – it is rare, after all).



Asian coolie hats are readily available, but if you want one with more vintage style, here is a simple pattern from 1936 – think Arlena Stuart in Agatha Christie’s Evil Under the Sun (see a short video here). 



It’s on my holiday list to make!


About thewartimewoman

I love history, fashion, art and design, especially of the 1930s to the 1960s. I am also a mother, wife, interior decorator & a treasure hunter who wishes she could drive a 1933 Delage. I studied Architecture at Melbourne university, briefly, and completed a Diploma of Art in Interior Design at the Melbourne College of Decoration in 1991. I have worked on an off as a decorator ever since, in between stints as a florist, balloon artist, having my five children and helping my husband in his law firm. in my spare time I love researching history, blogging and gardening.

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  1. Deb, I’d wear a cool frock in the garden. :)


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