I bought this cover-up from the late 1940s while in Georgia several weeks ago, planning to pair it with a Tina Leser swimsuit of the same time frame. My sorry photo doesn’t quite capture the cuteness of it Both the colors and the shape are better than what I’m showing here.
There are no labels, as this was made by a home sewer. And even though it is not a professional job, this was a sewer who knew what she was doing. Look at the center front closure, where one side laps over the other, and note that the two sides are perfectly matched. Then look closely, and you will see that there are two pockets. Again, the print is matched perfectly.
The interior of the cover-up is fully lined in cotton percale, with the lining lying flat and neat against the exterior fabric. The garment has all the traits of having been made by an expert. Except one:
For a garment that is beautifully sewn in every other way, I find it a bit odd that the top-stitching is just sloppy. Maybe the sewer was in a big hurry to finish (beach date, perhaps?) but it is puzzling that a person who took the time and had the expertise to ensure that all the seams matched didn’t bother to sew straight seams that would be showing.