Wearing History #3018
1930s Jumper, Dress, and Blouse
This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from the late 1930s for a jumper or dress and separate blouse.
The blouse has gathering at the front neckline, a slit neck opening, and a tie collar. This blouse has full, puffed sleeves which are finished with a bias binding at the arm. The neckline and armband may be accented by rick rack trim. The waistline of the blouse is finished with elastic through a casing.
The dress or jumper has a square neckline and buttons up the front. The waist has a fitted inset belt which creates the high waistline effect. The skirt of the dress is very fitted at the hip, from which it flares out for fullness. This dress fastens up the side with a slide fastener or hooks and eyes and snaps. The bodice neckline and armscye is finished with bias binding. The jumper is created from the same pieces as the dress, but the armscyes and shoulders are cut in to be narrower at the shoulder than the dress version. The dress or jumper may be trimmed with rows of bias binding or rick rack trim. Please note the placement for the trim are not indicated on the pattern pieces, but instructions for adding trim are included in the instruction pack. This pattern can easily carry you into looks from the early 1940s by shortening the skirt hem length. Cutting instructions for a matching scarf are also included.
This pattern is Misses Sizes. Plus sizes may require alterations.
If you are between sizes order the next size larger, as my patterns have less ease than modern standards. Please order pattern by measurements (given in inches), as the size numbers do not equate to modern pattern sizing and pattern sizing can vary from pattern to pattern on my website.
Yardage requirements for 45" fabric lengths:
Size Pack A B C
Dress or Jumper 3 1/2 4 1/4 4 1/2 Blouse 2 3/8 2 1/2 2 5/8
Instructions based on the original instruction sheet are included. Note that vintage instructions may be difficult for the modern sewer to comprehend. Intermediate dressmaking knowledge and a muslin mock up of the pattern are suggested, as vintage fit, ease, and construction are different than modern standards. This pattern has been updated to standard sizing. All other aspects of vintage fit are unchanged.
Sample information: The sample of the blue dress with white trim was made up in a linen/rayon blend material. Please note that the hem length was shortened three inches on the solid blue with white trim dress pictured in the photographs. The jumper dress was made from a midweight printed cotton with rick rack for trim and vintage buttons up the front. The blouse was made from Swiss batiste.
This listing is for the pattern to sew this yourself, not a finished garment.
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.
Many thanks to the lovely Beth of V is for Vintage blog for modelling for these photos!