E-Pattern- 1930s Manhattan Evening Dress

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 Wearing History #E-R3007

E-PATTERN- Digital Download





Must be able to make a garment with very minimal to no instruction


This very glamorous evening dress dates to the first half of the 1930s. The height of Art Deco elegance, this gown has a beautiful capelet, a mostly open back, a double-tiered peplum at front and back, and a graceful fitted skirt with center front and center back slits. The dress opens at the side seam and ties at the back neck. Ready for your silver screen debut!


- SIZE -

Pattern sizing is JUNIOR SIZE. Misses, Women’s, Plus Size, and Petites may require adjustment.


BUST 31 33 35 37 39 41
WAIST 26.5 28.5 30.5 32.5 34.5 36.5
HIP 34 36 38 40 42 44


Please note that sizes 19, 21, 23 were not originally made in this pattern and have been added.

Yardages are from the period original and should be tested in the mock up phase to check accuracy.

Only a size chart for size 13 is included, as that was the pattern size this pattern is based on.



- Difficulty -

 Advanced difficulty.  This pattern includes the original period instructions, which are very minimal.  You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques.  There are a few notes from Wearing History for checkpoints for fit and construction.  To make this pattern you should be able to sew a gown with little to no instruction.



-Size Information and Yardage Requirements are Available in the Photos



-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.





This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. 

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions. 

You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern. 

This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper. 

*****The pattern uses 59 pages of paper*****

  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 
  • 50 pages for the sewing pattern (2 files included so you can chose to print in color or black and white)
  • 8 pages for the instructions

54 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.




You will receive this e-pattern after payment is marked as "completed".  If ordering with mailed product there may be a slight delay in delivery.

This pattern is also available as a mailed, wide format paper pattern. You can find it in my shop.



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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