I love this cute 30s pattern! It’s so fun to wear also. You will probably want to do a muslin first for the halter top and slacks. The slacks have the period correct low crotch which may seem weird to the modern woman. The halter top has a very low back so if you aren’t comfortable with not wearing a bra, you’ll need to do some finagling. I raised the back high enough to wear a halter style bra with it but you could also add some built in support to the front as well. The closure on the slacks is a bit complicated – buttons, belt, snaps and hooks and eyes – which are period correct but a bit annoying in real life. When I make these again, I’d probably try to see if I could simplify some of that. Overall, I recommend this pattern for intermediate and better seamstresses.
Chic Ahoy- 1930s Nautical Slacks, Halter, and Bolero Pattern
Nautical Slacks, Halter Top, and Bolero Jacket
Also available as an e-pattern. Find it on this page.
This "Resto-Vival" pattern dates to about 1937 for nautical inspired slacks that lace up with eyelets at the inside center front waist and are held up at the outside with large buttons and a belt that passes through a bound buttonhole. This pattern also includes a cute halter top with a wide collar and a bolero jacket! The slacks can be made in two different lengths.
This pattern includes cutting charts for modern 45" and 60" fabric widths. Note that vintage instructions may be difficult for the modern sewer to comprehend. Please read below for more information on "Resto-Vival" patterns.
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
Size Pack B- Size 18-20-22
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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