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Circa 1939 "Victory" Dress Pattern

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A Wearing History Resto-Vival™ pattern based on an original historical pattern from circa 1939.  This pattern works well for late the 1930's through the early 1940's and is well adapted to novelty prints.

The original period description reads-

"Misses' and Women's Dress.  A chic one-piece is achieved by belt stitched to bodice and skirt.  Bodice boasts fullness from shoulder yoke to waistline.  Skirt flares softly.  Style I has rick-rack trim and short sleeves;  also pointed pockets in the skirt.  Style 2 has long sleeves.  Purchased scarf and belt may be used (no scarf or belt pieces included)."


Intermediate Difficulty. Must be familiar with basic construction and vintage methods.

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In WOMEN'S sizing.  This vintage sizing standard was for a more mature figure.  Misses, Petites, Plus Sizes, and Talls may require alteration to fit correctly.


THIS PATTERN WAS NOT ORIGINALLY AVAILABLE IN SIZES 30" Bust, 44" Bust, or 46" Bust.  Because of this, no layout charts or yardage estimates are included for those sizes.  Test your placement when making a mock up to see how much fabric you will need of your final 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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  • 4
    Circa 1939 "Victory" Dress Pattern

    Posted by Hallie on Dec 1st 2019

    This pattern was exactly what I was looking for. It's perfect if you're looking for an authentic 1930s/1940s fit in a repro pattern with clear instructions. I was making this as an Autumn dress and the final product turned out great! The additional notes written by Wearing History were very helpful with putting the pattern together! However, I think there are a few things that can be improved.

    1. The sizes on the pattern were not uniform. I understand vintage sizing is different, but it changed from sizes 30-46 to 14-42. That makes it difficult to choose how much fabric to buy and the layout of the pattern pieces. It might help to include a little note about how to figure out your vintage size (e.g. If you're measurements fit a size 32, then you'll also fit in a size 14)

    2. The pattern is a multi-size, so there are different colored lines on the pattern to go with different sizes. There is no label or mention of which color goes with which size (not in the pieces themselves nor in the instructions). It made it a bit confusing to cut out; I had to count to what my size was and then count the colored lines to figure out which one was correct. (To make it easier, I also added a picture of the color key I made for this pattern)

    3. The colors on the pattern pieces are quite similar, so it's hard to keep track of which line to follow. For instance, there are 3 completely different sizes that use a similar blue line color. I'm not sure why it's like that, but it makes it difficult to cut out. I traced my size with a pencil before in order to make sure I was cutting the right size.

    4. Pattern piece "B" (blouse front) is supposed to have two "v" notches on the top, but there is only one. The second notch was supposed to help join "A" (blouse side front) to "C" (blouse back) at the shoulder seam. You can see on the original piece guide where the second notch is. Not a big deal, but another thing I noticed.

    5. In the original pattern instructions, there was a "shorten or lengthen" line on the skirt pieces, but it seems to be missing on the pattern pieces I received. I'm not skilled enough to figure out where I can alter it myself, so I was disappointed to find that missing.

    6. I am 5' 4'' and this pattern was much too long for my torso! Like, a solid 4 inches too long! Just a warning that I think this pattern was made for taller girls. Since I'm not good at grading, I decided to just leave out the belt pieces and connect the bodice straight to the skirt. It worked out for me in the end, but it's definitely something to be aware of! Thank goodness for mock-ups, am I right?

    All in all, this pattern was great, but I had some small issues. I hope this helps anyone who is a bit afraid to buy this pattern! I'm not a very skilled sewer, but was able to easily put this pattern together. Thanks, Wearing History!

  • 4
    victpry dress pattern

    Posted by Marion Brady on Jul 7th 2019

    directions fairly easy to follow; cutting easy, but had to use 18-inch zippers in both side seams to accommodate wide shoulders of actress

  • 5
    Victory dress

    Posted by Maranda on Mar 29th 2019

    Wonderful pattern! It went together like a dream.

  • 5
    Victory Dress victory!

    Posted by Kate on Jun 7th 2016

    Thank you for scaling up the pattern, and for the prompt delivery. My patterns arrived in pristine condition.

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