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1930's Baby Layette Pattern

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Size- Infant

This Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern is based on an original vintage baby layette pattern that dates from the National Recovery Act period of 1933-1935. This pattern was considered unisex at the time and would be used both for boys and girls. This pattern includes a dress, sacque jacket, baby bag, wrapper, and slip.

- Garments Included -

Dress-  Buttons down center front with a placket.  Has long sleeves and turn back cuffs. Neckline is gathered to a fitted bias facing.  May be finished with lace edging.

Slip-  To go under the dress.  These were often called "Gertrude Slips", and buttoned at the shoulders to making changing slips easier.  The gown and slip are meant to be long, but they may be shortened, as per your preference.

Sacque Jacket-  A short jacket cut all in one piece with curved edges at center front.  May be lined or unlined.

Wrapper-  A long jacket cut all in one piece.  May be lined or unlined.

Baby Bag-  A cuddly blanket with a closed circular bottom that zips up the front.  This was originally cut of a single layer fabric (though our sample was flat lined).  If you desire a flat lining, double the fabric requirements.

- Important Notes -

  • This pattern is not suitable for sleepwear.  Do not leave your child unattended while wearing these garments.
  • This pattern is based on a 1930s vintage original and original construction and fabric suggestions are provided in order to retain period accuracy of the sewing pattern. The information provided is period appropriate but may not meet current child garment standards.  Please choose fabric, trims, fasteners, and notions wisely.

- Technical Notes -

  • Size-  This pattern is in vintage "Infant" size with one size included in the packet.  Vintage "Infant" size could fit children up to 6 months old.  Adjustments in width and length may be required for your child.
  • Embroidery- No embroidery transfers were originally included with this pattern.  I have included supplemented drawings based on the period cover art, or you can supplement your own embroidery patterns, if so desired.  Embroidery is optional.
  • Pattern Layout- This pattern has been tested and improved to add to the ease of use for modern sewing enthusiasts.
  • Pattern Instructions- Pattern instructions are based on period original instructions.  Additional notes have been included in the pattern and photo tutorials to aid with sewing will be available here.
  • Sample Note- The ribbons shown on the sacque and wrapper samples are wider than the ribbons called for in the period instructions.

- Yardage Required -



- Period Appropriate Fabrics -




- About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns -

Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived.  Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations.  Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings.  These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment.  Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment.  Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns.  At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested.  You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail.  Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.


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