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Dahlia- 1940s Gathered Blouse Pattern

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1940 Blouse Pattern

Sizes 30" Bust- 46" Bust, all in one size packet.

These extremely elegant blouses from circa 1940 are suitable for looks from 1938-1941, until fabric rationing was in place for World War II. These blouses can transition into your wardrobe as a stand alone blouse to mix and match, or can create the look of a two-piece dress when a skirt is made in matching fabric.

Choose from a crossover front, button front, or V neck blouse, and mix and match with short, 3/4 length, or long sleeves. These transition easily from season to season based on your fabric choice, and the classic lines of these blouses will be suitable for wear in the modern world, as well as period correct for vintage attire.

These blouses are in vintage WOMEN’S Sizing

Misses, Juniors, or Plus Sizes may require alterations to fit correctly.

Bust 30 32 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34 36 38 40
Hip 33 35 37 39 41 43 45 47 49



This pattern is based of of a period original, and is recommended for intermediate sewing knowledge.  Seam allowance varied from edge to edge, and this pattern includes methods which may be confusing to modern seamstresses.  Original period instructions with illustrations are supplied, and have been supplemented.   This pattern originally was available in a single size and had no printing (dot perforations or holes marked seam allowance, etc), but this pattern is printed and clearly labelled in order to help the modern sewist understand.  A period sewing book will be helpful to aid in construction.  A mock up is VERY highly suggested to be made and fitted before cutting into your fashion fabric.

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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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    Posted by Stephanie T. on Apr 13th 2016

    This was a pretty fun pattern to sew up. The original directions are much less detailed than are included in modern patterns so I’d recommend it for more of an intermediate seamstress than a beginner. The construction isn’t bad once you figure out what the directions are saying.

    One thing to note is that the fabric amounts listed call for the tie to be pieced (ie not cut all in once piece but in several smaller ones that have to be sewn together) and it’s unlined so you may want to get a bit of extra fabric if you want a lined and/or unpieced tie.

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