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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.”

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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).

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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). 

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It’s on my holiday list to make!

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