This is from "The New Encyclopedia of Modern Sewing", edited by Frances Blondin, published by Wm. H. Wise & Co, Inc. in 1946. This has tons of sewing information including these ideas for re-making old clothes into new kids clothes. Use an old topcoat, some discarded white flannels or dad's old shirts!
"There's plenty of life in those old clothes of dad's. All they need to give them a new lease on life is a little headwork and some deft surgery with the scissors. Trousers for your young son, a small girl's coat, slacks for you, all kinds of clothes for all sorts of small fry are lurking among the discards in your closet. Get to work and make them go to work!
Use commercial patterns chosen to fit in with limitations of fabric. The layouts give suggestions as to how pieces can he laid out for cutting."
TALE OF A SHIRT
"Remember the fairy tale of a thousand and one stories? Well, dad's old shirts aren't quite up to that many, but they can give a good account of themselves. Take the worn shirts off his back and make them into blouses and suits.
For making all of these clothes, use commercial pattern chosen to fit in with the limitation of fabric in shirt. The layouts give suggestions as to how pieces can be laid out for cutting."