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Yuri
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Im looking for photos - as more detailed is better - or sewing instructions if You have maybe for male 3-part suit in 30s or 40s style.

Anyone have anything ??

P.S. If You have some info of what was "trendy" Ill be glad to red it too.
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Trendy? There was a war on. :lol:

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Stigroadie wrote:Trendy? There was a war on. :lol:
So according to Your words people in 1939-1945 years was not wearing civilian clothing and havent got prefered types of it ?
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No, according to my words there was a war on and 'trendy' wasn't high on anyones list of priorities.
In the UK it was known as 'make do and mend' and 'CC41' which was a government program to limit the 'trendy' nature of clothes and furniture. Style was still a feature but buttons and things like pleats and turn ups were reduced in numbers/size.
People made the best of what they had.

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Stigroadie wrote:No, according to my words there was a war on and 'trendy' wasn't high on anyones list of priorities.
In the UK it was known as 'make do and mend' and 'CC41' which was a government program to limit the 'trendy' nature of clothes and furniture. Style was still a feature but buttons and things like pleats and turn ups were reduced in numbers/size.
People made the best of what they had.

Yes, yes there was CC41. We can read more about it here:

http://www.fashion-era.com/1940s/index.htm

But more patterns and more stuff here:

http://www.oldpatterns.com/links.html
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From what I've understood, Germans did enjoy "trendy" lives at the time, atleast until 43-44.
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Perhaps affluent city dwellers. Things are always different when you get rural. Even suburban.

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Here two pictures of a magazine "Fashion 1941/42", just
to give you an idea what was available in the early years
of WW II.

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In 1938 a suit cost 60 Reichsmark - overtime included, a skilled worker
in the metal industry could earn up to 100 Reichsmark a month....average
wages were much lower though. A suit was usually handed down from father
to son, from older brother to the young one and finally might have ended up
as a skirt for the mother in later war years, when fabric was short and the men
at the front.

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The supply would have quickly ran out but pre-war British suits were popular - they had a bit more space in the arse region. After the fall of France, french labels were popular.

As the situation gets worse in Germany,the quality of civvy material (just like uniform material) really goes down hill, with loads of wood being added.

A joke went "A depressive wants to commit suicide so he goes and hangs himself. The rope, being Ersatz, breaks. Frustrated he jumps off a cliff to drown himself but finds that he floats due to allthe wood in his clothes. Dragging himself ashore he thinks that these two failures are a sign from God not to commit suicide. He goes home and is found dead two weeks later after living off normal civvy rations"

Despite the fact that the Propaganda minstry make a big show out of the fact that every year during the war, the coupon allowance had gone up,people saw this as being pretty hollow since there was a steady diminishing of the things one could actuallt get with the coupons.
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Pummelchen wrote: Image
Wow dapper, thanks Beate.
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There are little to no sewing instructions for a suit.
Why?
No one made these at home.
Slacks, knickerbockers and normal pants, yes. But no full suit!
You'd just have to buy original clothing like me:
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