1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit Pattern- Blouse, Shorts, and Skirt

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Wearing History #4001
1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit-  Blouse, Shorts, and Skirt

Also available as an e-pattern.  Find it on this page.

This darling sailor playsuit is a perfect example of the patriotic and nautical fashion so popular in the 1940s. It includes a blouse, high waist shorts with button accents at the sides, and high waist skirt. This is so much fun to wear, and the separates can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe for nautical flair!
This pattern was based on an original vintage pattern and retains the period pattern fit but has been updated to include easy to understand pattern markings, our standard sizing and seam allowance. This pattern been updated to include brand new step-by-step illustrated instructions, and a yardage chart and cutting layouts for modern 45" and 60" fabric widths. The pattern is printed on good quality bond paper. This pattern comes all neatly packaged in a clear resealable plastic bag so you can keep your pieces, instructions, and you can add your own fabric swatch and inspiration photos so they can be kept in one handy little packet!

Intermediate dressmaking knowledge and a muslin mock up of the pattern are suggested, as fit, ease, and construction are different than modern standards.


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.

Size Pack A- Size 12-14-16
Bust 30-32-34
Waist 24-26-28
Hip 33-35-37

Size Pack B- Size 18-20-22

Bust 36-38-40
Waist 30-32-34
Hip 39-41-43
This pattern is meant to be very fitted at the waist and has very little ease. If you are between sizes please order the next larger.

Our sample of the pattern was made up in a lightweight navy denim using white twill tape as trim and 3/4" plastic buttons.

PATTERN SUPPLEMENT- Cutting charts for interfacing. 

Photos Copyright Allison Barcenas Photography

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  • 4

    Posted by Courtney Plott on Apr 10th 2016

    I was actually surprised by how easy this super cute outfit was to make. I completed the blouse and skirt in a weekend. I had never made shorts before so trying to get them to fit right took a few attempts with the muslin, but they came together quickly and beautifully once the adjustments were made.

  • 4

    Posted by Ally Galpin on Apr 10th 2016

    This is such a darling outfit to wear during the summertime! I came across this playsuit on casey’s elegant musings & absolutely want to get the pattern to make it! I recently made my 1st vintage dress & wear it all the time (fits to a T). This playsuit would be the perfect outfit for my growing 40s vintage wardrobe.

  • 4

    Posted by Casey on Apr 10th 2016

    I made all three pieces of this outfit last summer. The pattern needed a few fitting adjustments (as it typical for me), but overall I was quite pleased with how the garments came together. I found the shorts especially flattering. I wore the various pieces of this outfit (together or broken up) a lot over the summer! A review (with pictures) on my blog:

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