Also available as an E-Pattern here
This listing is for the mailed, printed pattern.
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- The addition of sizes 40", 42", and 44" bust, which were not originally made in this pattern in the 1940s.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 printed pattern includes all sizes in one packet and color 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.
USE BODY MEASUREMENTS, NOT SIZE NUMBER
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.