This subtly western-inspired skirt and blouse duo from the first part of the 1940s is perfect as a wardrobe basic.The skirt is pleated and has tabbed belt loop accents. The blouse has a yoke, patch pockets with flaps, and can be made with long or short sleeves. Use it as a base for your creative embroidery on the pockets, yoke, and cuffs- or keep it simple to use it as the base for your everyday 1940s wardrobe.
**PLEASE NOTE- the sample images show the blouse with purchased pants**
This is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern and is based on an original period sewing pattern. This pattern includes sizes 30"-42" bust all in the same packet. Size 40" and 42" bust were not originally made in this sewing pattern and are modern additions. This pattern includes the original period instructions, which are fairly minimal, and the addition of a modern cutting chart for 52" wide or wider fabrics.
This pattern is best for Intermediate Difficulty. It is best to have a sewing book handy to help with more tricky construction bits. To make this pattern you should be familiar with making patch pockets and pocket flaps, set sleeves, attach a collar, and (for the long sleeves) make a sleeve placket and set a cuff.
Video for how to do patch pockets and pocket flaps here: https://youtu.be/c47sG9ip1_U
It is recommended to purchase MORE fabric than indicated below, to allow for shrinkage, pattern matching, etc.
**PLEASE NOTE- this skirt runs small in the waist. It retains all period pattern shapes from the original pattern. A mock up for size is suggested**
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.