Place of purchase: Vinted
In-person or online purchase: Online
Condition upon purchase: Excellent
Alterations: Shortened strap length, took in bodice, added white grosgrain ribbon to hem
During the Great Depression, people often made dresses out of printed feed sacks.
Back then, many families had chickens, and they’d buy chicken feed in fabric sacks. They realized that the fabric could be used to make clothes, so they did just that. Soon enough, feed companies caught on and made printed patterns a thing. People then started buying specific brands of feed just for the patterns.
I remember reading about this as a kid, and being fascinated that such a practice existed. You know when you’re buying something that comes in multiple colors, such as a toothbrush, and you want a specific color, so you have to take all of the other ones off the rack to get to the one you want, and then put everything back as you found it? Can you imagine doing that, only with heavy-ass bags of feed?
Because I can.
For the record, I would totally dig through multiple heavy-ass bags of feed to find the perfect pattern.
I’m not normally into small prints, but this pattern reminded me of feed-sack dresses, and I guess I’m a sucker for associations. Plus, there’s a huge bow across the front where the cut-out is, which I thought was super cute! The dress was a little big on the sides and short in length, so I took in the bodice and sewed a ribbon to the hem.
The bow does a really good job of blending in with its surroundings; I’ll add more close-up pictures when I get the chance. ♚