I’m not sure exactly what this is. It is old -my guess would be depression era – and it’s home made. The back is shorter than the front and that seems intentional, as opposed to a missing piece – I wonder why.
The fabric is spectacular – wonderful teal flannel with a very fine stripe to it and the color variations where it is faded and worn very thin are shades of soft grayish teal. The little collar is cotton sateen – a fancy little detail on what seems like a plain everyday type garment.
And it had a surprise -when I disassembled it I found the lining was made from a perfectly a preserved printed feed sack .
I started making a songbird with it this weekend.
wonderful!! as a bird and as a jacket!!! I <3 it!
beautiful repurposing – those colours suit the songbird very well.
…Gorgeous – both as a jacket and as a bird! :o)
…The jacket reminds me of what we call “shrugs” nowadays. Love that it had a feed sack lining. That’s the kind of stuff that just rocks my world. :o)
…Have a wonderful week!
no idea what it is supposed to be, but it would make an excellent coat to wear over a backpack. love the new birdie.
A feedsack makes me think of a farm. Maybe the jacket fit snugly over a pair of overalls? or a thickly gathered skirt?
And I get weak in the knees for your songbirds. Just gorgeous.
Maybe the person wore a back brace of some kind?
It looks just like Peter Rabbit’s little jacket! But the bird looks even finer.
Ann, what an exciting and peculiar find – it must really be something to sit with these old pieces and wonder about their story. I just sigh every time I see one of your bird creations made from these old garments… they’re for sure matches made in heaven meant to meet at this time.
P.s. I sketched your Spring Camper bird last week – I just find him the cutest thing!
I wonder if that cute little jacket was worn over a dress that had a big bow at the waist in the back? Interesting – don’t you wish you knew the history of every vintage fabric? So much fun guessing.
yaaay! songbird’s great for apring:))
I believe this to be a “Bed Jacket.” I have one similar and much older, and when given to me was told that they were used when a lady was ill but yet able to still receive visitors.
I just got e-mail update from your blog – didn’t see this earlier. My guess would be a bed jacket…my Mom had a lovely one she used when she was in the hospital having us kids years ago. Though they were probably more dainty than this – pastels and lace! I wonder if this short back jacket could have been made for a lady in a wheelchair – would be much easier to help her on with it if there was no back part.
I raised on our kids for decades for the sea food I’d get from River Mich. I will not forget the resources the lake provided if you ask me in hard times.