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#R104- Wearing History Resto-Vival

WWII Homefront Overalls, Playsuit, & Trousers

Also Includes Baseball Cap


A perfect addition to your 1940s wardrobe, these overalls are both functional and fashionable!  Every WWII gal needed a pair of trousers or overalls when working toward Victory, and with this pattern you can make this vintage essential for your wardrobe!

This pattern features a lovely V neckline, straps that criss-cross at the back, a set in belt, and trousers with optional front pockets.  This can be worn over a blouse (blouse NOT included in this pattern, blouse pictured is from Smooth Sailing pattern), but the overalls hit high enough that you could wear them without a blouse, as in the late 1930's "Farmerette" fashion, or as a playsuit with shorts.  The front of the pants have a tuck on each side, which is hidden when the pockets are used.  The tuck will be visible if no pockets are used.  If made without the top, these make excellent trousers, and when made in denim and with the pockets, they are great 1940's jeans!  

Technical Information

This pattern is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern based on an original period mail order pattern from the WWII era.  Unlike the other Resto-Vival patterns, which are follow the outline of original period pattern pieces, this pattern needed serious corrections in order to make the pattern fit together properly.   I have edited, corrected, and improved this pattern so you can be sure the pieces will go together as they should.  This pattern retains authentic period fit, including the lower crotch rise length that is different than the rise in today's trousers.  


This pattern includes pattern instructions based on on the original instructions.  Some notes have been added to the instructions to aid in construction.

This pattern was originally available in Misses sizes 30" bust to 40" bust, but this pattern has been graded to expand the sizes to size 30" bust through 46" bust.  Sizes above 40" bust have been supplemented with yardage requirements and cutting charts which were not available in the original pattern.


This pattern is in MISSES SIZING.  Larger sizes are based off the same misses size pattern and ARE NOT plus size.  Plus sizes will most likely require more alterations in order to fit properly.


Pattern sizing was different in the 1940s than it is today.



**This pattern runs small in the hip.  This pattern has very little ease, and runs small in the hips. Order the next size larger if you need more room in the hip or desire more ease.  Refer to the finished garment measurements given below**

If you are between sizes, order your size by your largest measurement, as it is always easier to take a pattern in than add to it.



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 or A4 size 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 uses 35 sheets of paper for the pattern,  7 for the instruction pack, 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.  43 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 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 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".


You will have two days to download this file from when it is purchased.  You may download it once.




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 http://wearinghistory.clothing 



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A great vintage pattern

I made a really cute overalls using this pattern. I did modify it a bit, so I am not sure how it would have fitted without my modifications. However, the result is just what I was after and I have got tons of compliments on my result!


The fit was spot on. A little trouble with the side plackets. As another reviewer stated, the pattern says to cut 2 of each piece but I could only figure out how to use 1 of each. Checked my vintage sewing books and they agreed. Love this pattern and will be making many more pairs!


I made the trouser version with pockets. Had to adjust the pattern some, but not much. It needed more pleats to fit better and was larger in the crotch, but worked out really well otherwise. Am definitely making more trouser/overall variations and am recommending the pattern to others!


This pattern went together so well. I was hesitant about using an e-pattern, but the instructions and diagrams made everything so easy! Can’t wait to try another!


This pattern went together great! I didn’t make a mock-up, as I had made Lauren’s Smooth Sailing trousers before and knew what changes I needed to make to the bottoms. They ended up being a tad short (1/2-1″), though that’s not the pattern’s fault (I’m 5’8″). I was a bit confused by the side plackets; the pattern says to cut 2 of both the front and back placket, but I could only figure out how to make it work with one each (and I think the instructions agreed with me). Thus one less star. But other than that, this went together without any problems, and it makes really cute overalls!


I bought the downloadable version of this patter, it was so easy to assemble because of the shadowed page numbers and different styles of connecting line from one segment of a pattern piece to,the next. The sewing directions were easy to follow. The garment is dorable. I made it for a character in a high school play using a brown and cream stretch twill, almost a stretch denim. Thank you for a well done pattern!


A few weeks ago I made the slacks from the 1940’s pattern … what a blast … No need for alterations on the pattern (guess I have the perfect shape


I made this pattern last year over the course of 4 days including putting the pattern together and making a mock-up. I made the overalls with a zipper instead of the button placket. I didn’t adjust them for a more modern fit as I was making them for my Halloween costume as a Woman’s Land Army Worker. If I would recommend anything to someone who wants to make them I would say line the bib in cotton or another layer of denim. I think it would be so much easier than doing bias tape. You can pop over to my blog for some limited pictures. http://perdudansletemps.blogspot.com/search/label/Overalls