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JoAnntheGreat

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  1. Nice vintage dress, not military. Google J B Wright. My guess is 1980s but I could be way off. You could resell it on eBay.
  2. Hello Steve D. To say your collection is impressive is an understatement. It's jaw dropping. I would just like to throw my hat in the ring, sort to speak. I am a patternmaker and my latest best interest is making patterns of women's WWII uniforms. Here is my first one - Red Cross. I plan for my next one to be an ETO jacket and trousers, with others after that. I already have a WAC and Red Cross Clubmobile jackets along with some others. I doubt you want to part with any of this, but if you do, I'm interested. I am even interested in "renting" some of the items so I can copy them. Th
  3. Hi Phil, Fading on the rayon used in the time period was very common. When rayon was first popularized, it was considered a wonder fabric as it was lightweight, draped well, inexpensive, and took dye very well. The flaws in the fiber were only discovered some time later as the fabric's dye was actually attacked by pollution in the atmosphere itself. Sounds weird, I know. So the dye would go fugitive just while hanging in the closet, not to mention sunbleaching. The problem is fixed by adding a fixative after the dying process. Unfortunately the cost of doing that made rayon more expens
  4. I am brand new here, so I am not surprised I did not find this until right now. So very interesting considering the rabbit hole of ARC I have been down for months now. I am a pattern maker and have just published a pattern for WWII Red Cross Girls uniform. I have written a blog post about them. I had never even heard of them until an acquaintance agreed to lend me her uniform for me to copy. (I never hurt any garment when copying, Ee gad no) Anyway if you are interested here is a link to the post. I will be following this thread forevermore. The information here would also be of intere
  5. Hi, It looks like an ATS cap to me. That's the womens arm of the British army, mostly served on the home front. The same caps were worn by F.A.N.Y. and Mechanized Transport. Think Samantha in Foyle's war - the actress played by Honeysuckle Weeks, who was his driver. Here you go. Not Red Cross not Nurse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Auxiliary_Territorial_Service By the way, I've got almost the whole kit as I am a patternmaker and want to copy it. I have the two hats, cap and garrison, shirt, tie, tunic, skirt, and slacks. I'll post a photo one of these days.
  6. Sorry, not to flog this to death! but I just read the uniform quidelines and the doohickies on the lapels are called tabs, not flashes.
  7. Yes, I agree with the writer above. The following is just my opinion. It is an American Red Cross Uniform WW2 era. It was made by a tailoring firm, maybe bespoke though it has a union tag. It was probably tailored to fit. Many uniforms at this time were sold by the JC Penney company. They were made of "Palm Beach" fabric which was a wool rayon blend. You can tell the Palm Beach uniforms because they mostly show discoloration due to the rayon fiber content. This uniform looks to be made of all wool as the coloration is fast and has lasted. They cheaper uniforms also did not have a linin
  8. Hello, If you still own this uniform would you be willing to sell or "rent" it to me? I am a patternmaker and would like to copy it. I do not harm any garment when copying. Thanks, JoAnn
  9. Hi, I am a patternmaker and have a great interest in capturing women's WWII uniforms. My customers are Reenactors, film, theater, and TV. I am working an an ARC women's WWII tunic and skirt uniform right now. It is almost finished. The clubmobile uniform would be wonderful to copy. Would you be interested in either selling, renting, or lending this uniform to me? I never harm garments when I copy them and would return it to you in the same condition. Thanks for your consideration. Here is my website http://www.lafnmoon.com JoAnn
  10. Greetings, I am a patternmaker and I am starting, what I hope is, a new line of patterns for WW2 women reenactors. I am interested in women's uniforms. I am currently working on a pattern for ARC complete with hats. I am looking for information and, I hope, extant examples of women's uniforms, including American Women's Voluntary Service, Women Ordnance Workers, Land Army, ARC clubmobile, WAC, WAVES, etc. I would be very grateful for any help with this. I am looking forward to talking with you. JoAnn
  11. What a fantastic find. I'd love to be able to copy this and make it available to a new generation. Thanks, JoAnn
  12. Hi! I have been drooling over your uniforms and dying to ask you some questions, but just got approved to the forum. I am a patternmaker and want to make a pattern of an AWVS uniform. I could wing it but I have found that having a real garment to look at answers a million questions about construction. I never harm a garment when copying it. I am looking for a uniform I can either buy or "rent". If rented it would be returned to the owner unharmed in any way. If you are interested let me know. If not perhaps you could answer some questions about the dimensions of it. In any case, thank
  13. Hi! Fabulous AWVS uniform. I have managed to get a cap like this one, a couple of buttons, and a shoulder badge but no luck on the uniform. I am a patternmaker and I am looking for a uniform like this to either buy or "rent". I never harm any garment while copying it. If you are interested let me know. Thanks, JoAnn
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