Recycling a Man's Suit 1951

The Woman's Day magazine from 1951 that I purchased a couple weeks ago is so full of interesting articles and ads.  This one is in the "Found Money" section, and instructs the housewives of the 1950's how to make a woman's suit out of a man's suit.  The suits are really quite stylish.













Did you notice that the patterns are for sizes 12 to 20?  These gals look smaller than a size 12.  Pretty small waists.









8 comments:

  1. What a great post!!!
    Did they know how to recycle or what? and the sizes tell me that people weren't afraid to eat back in the day lol - Marilyn Monroe had a tiny waist too and was a 14 or 16!
    XOX

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  2. Oh how fun is that a Woman's Day from 1951?!! This is a great article. Love the up-cycled suits and you're right they looked smaller than a 12...however, I am going tell my self that's how fabulous a 12 and up looks!!
    Karen

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  3. Carlene
    I agree, no one looks like a size 12 to me!!
    I do love these creative ideas. I guess re-purposing goes back a long way. Remember Scarlet in Gone With The Wind?

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  4. Man, they put a lot of work into their transformations. Love the results though. Fun post, Carlene!
    Liz @ Quirky Vistas

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  5. A size 12 was at about an 8....back in the day. Patterns and women's clothing is not the same as it is today.

    I loved these creative patterns...how fun, my mom was a seamstress and made my dad's suits, I can see her doing one of these!

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  6. What fun to see this! LOVE the look of the madeover man's suit!
    hugs, Linda

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  7. I'd wear them...they are gorgeous.

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  8. One of the big fashion magazines had an article about how sizes have changed over the years, and I think a size twelve back then is like a size six today.

    Love the photos of the remade men's suits!

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