Saturday, November 23, 2013
Sew Happy Saturday – Vintage Coats
One of my uncles very kindly converted a lot of old photographs and slides that belonged to my grandparents to digital format. I thought it might be fun to share some of those that relate to either sewing or past styles here. Today, in honor of the season here in the northern hemisphere, we’ll look at some vintage winter coats that belonged to my Gramma and her friends and/or family.
Here is my Gramma (right) with her aunt (left) and another lady. This photo was taken in 1931 and was probably during her years at Wheaton College. The coat she’s wearing looks like a kimono style and appears to have a velvety texture. Of course, this was during the Depression. Gramma was very blessed that her father didn’t lose his money or job. He was not what we’d call wealthy today, but due to his wise use of a good income, they never suffered like others did at that time.
Gramma (center) was at Bible school in Philadelphia when this was taken. She went there after she graduated from Wheaton. She was planning to go the missionfield at this point and wanted more Bible training. Check out the wiiiide collar and snazzy buttons on this coat. :-) The lady on the left was her best friend, Bea, who later became her sister-in-law. (By the way, that is her younger brother in back on the left. He’s not the one who married Bea.) The ladies’ hats are cute, but I doubt that they kept their heads terribly warm. :-)
Here is Gramma with her parents aboard a ship. I’m pretty sure this is the same coat as in the picture above, but here she has it all buttoned up.
Another coat she wore during her time at Philadelphia School of the Bible. Note the wide fur collar and the big buttons. She seemed to like big buttons. :-) (That’s “Aunt Bea” again on the left. The poor lady in the middle looks like she has headlights because the sun is reflecting off of her buttons.)
Yet another coat of hers with big buttons (second from left). :-)
Years later – 1946, the family was home from East Africa on furlough with the three oldest kids (no. four came later). Aren’t their little outfits cute? [That’s my mom on the right.] This furlough had been much delayed due to WWII.
Gramma and my mom in the 1960s. Although this coat is different from the one I was used to her wearing, the overall look here reminds me very much of how she looked in winter when I was growing up.
She loved those thin little, rubber “boots” that slipped on over her shoes. I don’t know how she kept her feet warm in a Michigan winter. Obviously she didn’t. My mom’s boots here are much better suited for that weather and snow. [That’s an ice fishing hut in the background. This was on a frozen lake.]