Due to the need of fabric for uniforms, in 1942 the US War Production Board issued an order that the amount of textiles used in women’s wear should be reduced by 15 percent. Skirt length and width were restricted and hems could be no wider than two inches (shown below a pre-restriction three inch hem next to a two inch one). Pleats, ruffles, patch pockets, attached hoods and shawls were prohibited. Mending clothes and repurposing fabric became a patriotic duty.
from facebook group America in the 1940s