Making Do, 1930s

The Great Depression saw a mix of Hollywood glamour and DIY fashion.

Resourceful girls made do with inexpensive materials such as feed sacks, which they refashioned into dresses and shirts. Repurposing feed sacks into dresses lasted well into the 1960s.

Flour Sack Dress, 1959

Gift of Mrs. Dorothy Overall

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See Girlhood in 3D! Explore a model of the flour sack dress.

 

Thrifty teens wore flour sacks.

Around 1938

Around 1938

Courtesy of Library of Congress, LC-USF33-011876-M2

I could remember if you thought this was a pretty print, you needed more than one bag. So when you went to get your feed, you tried to select the bags that were of the same print.

—Sara Smith, 2011

Vogue Patterns, 1937

Vogue Patterns, 1937

Vogue Patterns, 1937

Vogue Patterns, 1937