E-PATTERN- Sunkissed Sweetheart- 1940s Sarong Separates

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This is for a print-at-home, downloadable e-pattern to print on US Letter sized or A4 sized paper.

Wearing History #1001

Sunkissed Sweetheart- 1940s Tropical Separates

This pattern is for playful 1940s tropical separates including tie top, shorts, and a sarong skirt.  This pattern was inspired by an original 1940s pattern and has been built on a vintage block but has been updated for an improved fit, easy to read pattern pieces, and brand new step-by-step illustrated instructions.

The blouse has short sleeves with gathering along a curved seam forming a faux yoke. It ties at center front right below the bust.
The shorts hit at the natural waist and have the same accent gathering along the curved seam at each hip. The extra gathered fabric creates a graceful and playful line, perfect for warm summer days!
The sarong skirt is a wrap skirt, and at the front, tying at the inside hip, then wraps and ties at the left hip. The gathers create graceful draping. This can be made in a short for daytime or long for evening.

This pattern includes step by step illustrated instructions, cutting layouts for 45" and 60" fabric, and a yardage chart and supply list. 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 packet.


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.
The tie top and skirt have play room since you tie them to size, but the shorts are fitted at the waist and hip. If you're between sizes or desire more ease please cut the next size larger.

Now includes all sizes below in one pattern.

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

Given in inches.


This Wearing History pattern was inspired by original period sources from the 1940s and has a vintage style fit, which is different than modern standards.  Notably the armscyes and sleeves fit higher and tighter and the crotch length of the shorts is longer than modern standards.  This pattern is recommended for intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and zipper application is expected, and a muslin mock up is very highly recommended.

Photos by Allison Barcenas Photography
Makeup by Katharina Ramirez of Go For Kat




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 6 files


  • 15 sheets of paper for the tie top pattern
  • 20 sheets of paper for the shorts pattern
  • 2 files for the skirt pattern- one is 40 sheets of paper, one is 25 sheets of paper.
  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 
  • 18 pages of sewing instructions

119 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are neededt to make all garments.  

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".

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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  • 5
    Love the shorts!

    Posted by Imogheena Farandel on Nov 9th 2016

    I made the shorts pattern and it's such a darling pair of shorts. I can see a few more of them being made in the near future! The drafting of it is so elegantly simple I have already used it 2 more times without the gathers, as a basic pattern draft I can adapt to my own ideas, too.

    I'd been a bit worried about doing the gathered faux yoke, but it was so well drafted (everything matches up with everything very nicely, and the proportions are really good too) and the instructions were so clear it sewed up very easily.

    These shorts are suited best to really drapey fabric, but I think they'd also work fairly well with a less drapey fabric. Just not stiff. Quilting cotton level of stiffness would be too much, needs to be more drapey

    My only issue is that the fullness in the shorts fall to the side more than evenly around the legs. But I didn't put a proper waistband on the shorts, I used bias tape. So it could be that they don't sit quite as they're intended to around the waist. I've written more on my blog, and have pictures of it too.


  • 5

    Posted by Emileigh Rogers on Apr 27th 2016

    I love this pattern! I’ve looked for similar sets as both authentic vintage and repro versions, and they’re always quite expensive. This was a very cost-effective way to get my own!

    The description is right, it DOES use a lot of paper, but it’s worth it! I made the long-skirt version and tie crop top, both in the smallest size. I’m 5’0″ and had to shorten the length of the skirt significantly, but that was the only change I made. (The tie closures on these are forgiving for a good fit!)

    My only concern for others may be to double check the armscye and sleeve hem measurements before cutting your fabric to see if it needs to be made larger. I’m petite and it fit me perfectly, but anyone slightly larger than me may be uncomfortable.

    This pattern is surprisingly simple because the instructions are very clear, even on how to do the gather details that I hadn’t tried before. I highly recommend it!

    I did a really thorough blog post on all the details for this pattern that you can find here:

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