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Jean- 1940s Pajama Pattern- Sizes 30-42" Bust

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MAILED, PRE-PRINTED PATTERN. This is printed on wide paper with no taping required.
You can get the downloadable e-pattern here

"Jean" 1950s Dolman Jacket Pattern

Named for one of my favorite old movie stars who was an great comedian!

This perfect pajama set is from the early 1940s and is reminiscent of the sporty looks so popular in the early part of that decade. The “jacket” is a belted back blouse that can be made with long or short sleeves and has patch pockets at the front and a wide notched collar. The trousers have a
fitted waistband with release tucks. This ensemble doesn’t have to be limited to home wear and would look equally chic made in linen or tropical wool for sportswear!


This pattern has been multi-sized to included sizes 30"-42" bust. Please enlarge second image for size chart

- Difficulty -

Intermediate difficulty. Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal compared with today.

- Yardage Requirements-
Please see images. I have made modern yardage charts. The smallest sizes may require less than quoted. Allow extra for matching patterns, fabrics with a nap, or directional prints.

-Additional Notes-

Because this was based on a period original, a mock up is HIGHLY SUGGESTED. Test construction and fit on your unique figure before cutting into your fashion fabric.

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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  • 5
    Easy and comfy

    Posted by Laura Windley on Feb 20th 2021

    This was my first time making a pair of pajamas - I usually struggle with pants, so I thought PJs might make my life in that regard easier, and it did. I did a mock up of the pants first, as I needed to widen the hips, and I'm glad I did, so that I could sail into the cutting and sewing knowing that it was going to work. I forgot to add to the hips on the top (because I'm usually tucking that part in!), but it was super easy to take the lower back panel out, re-cut, then add it back in. The belt back on this is wonderful and I love the front pockets on the shirt.

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