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Imagine your little girl in this newly made vintage feedsack dress. It was made from vintage feedsacks (1930-1953) using a 1940's vintage pattern which my Mother used. The feedsack fabric is off white background with red and purple flowers and blue stems. It features a 20" long and 70" wide skirt with a 3" hem, a rounded neck and puffed sleeves. Red rick rack trims sleeves, neckline, front of dress, bottom of hem and the two side pockets. Let your little girl be the only one in her circle to own a true vintage feedsack dress. This fabric is Not a reproduction, it is an Original feedsack.

Brief History of feedsacks

By 1890 cotton feed sacks replaced wood barrels as packaging for farm and food products. Farm women began utilizing the fabric for household item such as tea towels and pillow cases. Around 1930, after the beginning of the great depression, manufacturers began printing patterns on the sacks. The frugal farm wife found many more uses for the sack, which included dresses and aprons. They also used the softer, white flour bags for panties and slips. the entire sack was used as all the "dress scraps" became quilt blocks. These sacks were manufactured until around 1953 when synthetic fabric such as polyester became popular.

When I was a girl growing up in southern Missouri almost everything I wore was made from a food or feed sack. I would get so excited when it was time to buy more feed for the cattle because that meant a "new dress." My sister and I had so much fun climbing up on the 8 foot mounds of 100# feed sacks looking for 2 or 3 sacks that were identical so mom could make us a new dress. The dresses were trimmed with rick rack or for our "Sunday best" beautiful lace and sometimes made with matching solid colors. The hems were usually 3 inches wide so they could be made longer the next year when we had grown a couple of inches. The trim was always sewn along the hemline so whey they had to be "let down" the fold line of the hem would not show.

Girls newly made size 8 feedsack dress. White background with red and purple flowers.


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  • Materials: Cotton, Rick Rack
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