From Luxury to Necessity

We think of a hood as something that is attached to a coat or a jacket, but during the 1940s, a hood was often a separate piece.  They became very popular during the war, as  a practical solution to the on-going problem of obtaining enough warm clothing.  Hoods could be made with very little fabric, even from an old garment.

It looks as if this one was made from silk velvet, possibly from 1930s gowns.  The lining is white, to go with the white rabbit trim of the matching mittens.  It’s a great example of “Mend and make do,” as this was not only functional, but warm and very attractive.  I bought this set to go with a velvet skating dress from the 40s.  Just imagine this out on the ice…

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