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Reusing paisley shawls from the Victorian era.

A coat, hat, & bag, and a dress made from old paisley shawls. Ladies' Home Journal, Oct.

Due to fabric restriction knee-length coats came in about 1940s. Back then, it was really trendy if you wear long coat with expensive fabric like wool, but even so designer would follow the US needs and produce clothes with less fabrics, and less decoration.

1940s Fashion Influences for 5 Modern Looks

Lane Bryant coats

I picked up this Lane Bryant Summer 1933 Catalog the other day at an antique mall.