E-PATTERN- 1939 Wrap Dress Pattern- Size 34" Bust

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 Wearing History #R123


This sporty wrap dress from 1939 is a timeless design- as at home in life today as it would have been in the late 1930s. This dress closes at back, has ties at the waist, and has low V necklines at front and back. This skirt makes a great summer casual dress, and an equally good cover up for the beach or pool. This pattern is based on an original MISSES’ SIZE historical pattern. Junior, Plus Size, & Petites may require alterations.



This pattern is available in one size only.  Bust 34", waist 28", hip 37"


- Difficulty -

Intermediate difficulty.  Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal


-Size Information and Yardage Requirements-



-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 49 pages of paper*****


  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 
  • 40 pages for the sewing pattern
  • 8 pages for the instructions

49 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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  • 5
    Late 30's wrap dress

    Posted by karen harvey on Jul 16th 2018

    This is a fab pattern which on my 5ft 8 frame needed little adjustment in length, especially to the bodice as with normal patterns, thanks to the midriff band. With it being a wrap style the fit was great straight from first try on and is a simple enough construction for even a beginner dressmaker to try. I didn't even need to size up from this 34" bust to fit my 36D bust size! Brill and highly recommended

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