E-PATTERN Early 1940s Sports Dress & Jacket

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Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper.


Also available as an Printed Pattern here

A Wearing History Resto-Vival™ pattern based on an original historical pattern.

This cheerful and sporty princess seamed dress from the early 1940s is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Perfect for casual afternoons and swing dances, this dress will easily integrate into both your vintage and modern wardrobe. The tie slips through a slit at the dress front and adjusts the front gathers. A matching jacket with either short or long sleeves is included.


This sewing pattern includes

  • Period 1940's sewing instructions and cutting chart for size 34" bust
  • Brand new cutting charts for modern fabric widths for all sizes (smaller sizes may require less fabric)
  • The addition of sizes 40", 42", and 44" bust, which were not originally made in this pattern in the 1940s.
  • The e-pattern includes all sizes in one packet and black and white dotted cutting lines
  • Free pattern hack tutorial on my blog for raising the dress back for more coverage.



Intermediate Difficulty.  This sewing pattern is relatively simple to sew and assemble since it's mostly composed of long princess seams.  You should be familair with easing curves between pieces, making darts, setting sleeves, and using bias tape for facing.  Instructions are from the period original and are somewhat minimal.  Bias tape tutorials are available on my blog.

--- SIZING ---

In MISSES sizing.  Petites, Plus Sizes, and Juniors may require alteration to fit correctly.


1940s Size Numbers were VERY DIFFERENT than modern ones!



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.








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 83 pages of paper*****


  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 
  • 40 pages for the dress sewing pattern
  • 32 pages for the jacket sewing pattern
  • 10 pages for the sewing instructions


83 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.




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