In 1853, the California gold rush was in full swing, and everyday items were in short supply. Levi Strauss, a 24-year-old German immigrant, left New York for San Francisco with a small supply of dry goods with the intention of opening a branch of his brother’s New York dry goods business. Shortly after his arrival, a prospector wanted to know what Mr. Strauss was selling. When Strauss told him he had rough canvas to use for tents and wagon covers, the prospector said, “You should have brought pants!,” saying he couldn’t find a pair of pants strong enough to last.
Levi Strauss had the canvas made into waist overalls. Miners liked the pants, but complained that they tended to chafe. Levi Strauss substituted a twilled cotton cloth from France called “serge de Nimes.” The fabric later became known as denim and the pants were nicknamed blue jeans.
In 1873, Levi Strauss & Company began using the pocket stitch design. Levi Strauss and Nevada tailor David Jacobs co-patented the process of putting rivets in pants for strength. On May 20, 1873, they received U.S.Patent No.139,121. This date is now considered the official birthday of “blue jeans.” Source.
Since then denim has mutated through time to become what it is today – an element of fashion which is forever on trend.
I had a look on Trademe and came up with the following garments.
Here are the links:
Here are a selection of Karen Walker garments which are up for auction on Trademe right now. Many of the dresses can be worn as is or as tops over narrow trousers. Throw on a tailored jacket and you are ready for work.
Click on these links to view garments starting from top left:
Spotted blouse (not shorts)
Pleated skirt (not blouse)
Go bid for one or two of these, set an upper limit and see what happens.