Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Patterns of the Past - McCall's Slippers


From McCall's Needlework and Crafts, Winter 1943-44 (left click for a larger image). Many clothing items, including leather shoes, were rationed during the war. You could make your precious footwear last longer by slipping on a pair of slippers as soon as you got home. They would be made of un-rationed cork soles and scraps of fabric left over from other projects.

4 comments:

Posh And Trendy Back to Basics said...

My mother use to make everyone slippers from old wool coats.. they were warm too.

Shay said...

I have a mailorder pattern for booties, circa late 40s or early 50s that I'm going to make from a badly-felted sweater.

That is, I'm going to make it when I dig down through the five layers of "stuff" that's on my sewing table right now....

Grandmother Wren said...

Wonderful pattern - thank you! But sort of like the rose bedspread? After all the work, I'm not sure I'd want to walk on them. Time to put my feet up and knit I guess!

Shay said...

I think I would draw the line at embroidering them, myself.