E-PATTERN- 1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit

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Wearing History #4001
1940s Sailor Girl Playsuit-  Blouse, Shorts, and Skirt

This listing is for a print at home, downloadable e-pattern.


This darling sailor playsuit is a perfect example of the patriotic and nautical fashion so popular in the 1940s. It includes a blouse, high waist shorts with button accents at the sides, and high waist skirt. This is so much fun to wear, and the separates can easily be mixed and matched with other pieces in your wardrobe for nautical flair!
This pattern was based on an original vintage pattern and retains the period pattern fit but has been updated to include easy to understand pattern markings, our standard sizing and seam allowance. This pattern been updated to include brand new step-by-step illustrated instructions, and a yardage chart and cutting layouts for modern 45" and 60" fabric widths. The pattern is printed on good quality bond paper. This pattern comes all neatly packaged in a clear resealable plastic bag so you can keep your pieces, instructions, and you can add your own fabric swatch and inspiration photos so they can be kept in one handy little packet!

Intermediate dressmaking knowledge and a muslin mock up of the pattern are suggested, as fit, ease, and construction are different 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.


This E-pattern includes ALL SIZES GIVEN BELOW.

Bust 30-32-34-36-38-40
Waist 24-26-28-30-32-34
Hip 33-35-37-39-41-43

Our sample of the pattern was made up in a lightweight navy denim using white twill tape as trim and 3/4" plastic buttons.


Photos Copyright Allison Barcenas Photography



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.  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 5 files, and uses a LOT of paper.  The blouse pattern sheet uses 20 sheets of paper,  the shorts pattern sheet uses 15 sheets of paper,  the skirt pattern sheet uses 20 sheets of paper,  15 sheets are needed for the instruction pack, 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.  71 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to make all garments in this pattern.  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. 


-  How to Download -  

You will be able to download this pattern after your order is marked as "Completed".  

If ordering with mailed product, purchased with an unconfirmed Paypal address, or purchased with a credit card, there may be a slight delay, as I will need to manually approve the transaction before the system marks it as "completed".


When you recieve your order summery in your email, there will be a link inside marked "download files".

By purchasing this pattern you agree to the following terms:  This e-pattern is licensed exclusively to the person who purchases this pattern from Wearing History for the sole purpose of home sewing or non-profit use.  Commercial or production use is prohibited.  Do not share this pattern by email or any other form.  Remember, I make my living by using my talents to make these patterns.  Help support indie small business by telling your friends to purchase their own copy of this pattern from Wearing History

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  • 5
    Sailor Girl E pattern

    Posted by Teresa Nguyen on Feb 17th 2018

    This pattern was GREAT! I had no trouble downloading and assembling it. I made several versions from the pattern and all turned out lovely. Easy to follow instructions, and a very flattering design.

  • 4
    Super cute, but could use some improvement

    Posted by Jo on Aug 17th 2016

    Outfit came out SO cute. Shorts pattern was great and easy to follow. Will send photos when I finish sewing on buttons.

    A couple problems with top:
    -Collar neckline did not match up back collar (way too long)-- had to adjust a lot. I know the author says to make a test for fit, but this was WAY off.
    -Some of the notches on the pattern are impossible to read because of the way the pattern is printed.
    -Neck facing is mislabeled
    -Interfacing is not explained at all, though this is easy enough to figure out.
    -Bottom of neck V is very fragile, even with interfacing and fray check.

    Overall, good pattern and happy with results. Thank you!

  • 5

    Posted by Bobbie on Apr 26th 2016

    I downloaded this pattern, printed it and taped it together. Since it is a shorts pattern, there weren’t many sheets of paper that needed to be taped together. The instructions for taping were great and it went together perfectly.

    I had a question that I emailed, and I received a timely and appropriate reply.

    I made some design changes to the pattern and, of course, needed to make some fitting changes. But the pattern went together very well and I am very happy with my shorts! I have made 2 pairs of shorts in different cotton fabrics and colors, and have worn them almost every day! I love them.

  • 5

    Posted by Siri Andersen on Apr 26th 2016

    I recently made up this pattern for a sewing challenge. It is a really good pattern, with a lovely flattering fit and nice detailing. It is easily personalized with trims, buttons and fabric choices.

    Instructions are clear, with nice illustrations to help you along. I made the size 16, and the only alterations I did was to lengthen the shirt by an inch, and scoop the back of the neck edge a little as it was a tad straight and caused some pulling on top of the shoulder towards the front. No biggie :)

    I love my playsuit, and really recommend this pattern!

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