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Mid 1930s Blouse, Skirt & Cape Pattern- Bust 30-42"

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Wearing History #R135
Also available as an e-pattern on Etsy.

Mid 1930s Blouse, Skirt & Cape Pattern

Includes Bust 30"-42" in one packet.

Many thanks to The Alexia of The Vintage Nerd Sews for her photos of her creation from this pattern.


This chic ensemble looks right out of films of the 1930s! This outfit works for your film noir heroine, undercover detective, historybounding, and cosplay needs– but also is a great addition to your everyday wardrobe. Mix and match colors and fabrics to create a capsule wardrobe. This can easily go from spring to winter, depending on fabric choices. Embrace that inner superhero with a cape!

This ensemble includes a suit-like double breasted blouse, a basic skirt with a pleated back, and a chic cape. This outfit is meant to look like a suit, but without the extra layers- no extra blouse required underneath.

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 Size 30" and 42" bust were not originally made in this sewing pattern and are modern additions.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. No cutting charts are included for sizes other than 34" bust.

ALL SIZES BELOW are included:

Bust 30-32-34-36-38-40-42
Waist 26-27-28-30-32-34-36
Hip 33-35-37-39-41-43-45

- Difficulty -

Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal. It is best to have a sewing book handy to help with more tricky construction bits. The most difficult parts of construction are setting the sleeve, which is set in at the shoulder and not in a traditional armhole.

-Size Information and Yardage Requirements-
Please see yardage chart in product images. Yardages have not been tested and cutting charts are not available for any sizes other than 34" bust. TEST YARDAGE WHILE MAKING A MOCKUP.
It is recommended to purchase MORE fabric than indicated below, to allow for shrinkage, pattern matching, etc.

-Additional Notes-

Because this was based on a period original, a mock up is HIGHLY SUGGESTED. Test construction and fit on your unique figure before cutting into your fashion fabric.


- 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.


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