I first became interested in WW2 British style after seeing the same American 1940s patterns circulating on the internet time and time again and wondering what had happened to all their UK counterparts. Strict clothing and fabric rationing, austerity restrictions on how clothes could be made and shortages of nearly everything under the sun combined to make British wartime fashion a bit different from the American look we’re accustomed to seeing.
This Bestway pattern from 1943 or so is an original British design that took into account austerity restrictions on civilian clothing design and the fact that the average home seamstress had to cope with fabric rationing. I briefly entertained the idea of entering it in Pattern Review’s vintage pattern contest, but it quickly became apparent that this wasn’t going to happen… I sew slow.
More details over at my blog!