July 10, 2010

Parachute Patterns & Clothing

I bought this amazing flyer from Past Patterns (http://www.oldpatterns.com/):


(this is only one side of it)



It shows you what patterns can be easily cut from a parachute and advertises the opportunity to buy parachute pieces. The patterns on this appear to be post war. Can you imagine owning a lovely silk parachute blouse?

I really wonder how many people sent away for these parachutes, was it common to find ads like this selling excess parachutes? I also wonder how many women at this time did make clothing out of parachutes, you hear about it all the time, but I've also heard that parachute clothing is hard to find and worth quite a bit.

Anyone out there own a lovely piece made like this?

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