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Palisades- 1940s Wrap Dress Pattern

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Wearing History #1003

Palisades- 1940s Wrap Dress

This wrap dress is inspired by an original mid 1940s dress pattern and featured a cute sweetheart neckline, tucks at the bust and at the bretelles (shoulder straps), and a fun gathered skirt.  This dress wraps at the back and the waist ties slip through a side slit and then wrap around the dress- one belt wraps to the front, the other around the back to meet the first tie at the front, where they are tied in a cute bow.  The bodice and skirt can be accented by ric rac trim, and the bretelles and belt can be made in contrast fabric.  The bodice and bretelles are lined.

This dress is a great basic to be made up in solids or in cheerful cotton prints.  The sample was made up in cotton pique for the skirt and bodice and striped seersucker for the contrast belt and bretelles.

This pattern was inspired by an original 1940s pattern but has been redrafted for an improved fit and includes step-by-step illustrated instructions.  This pattern also includes cutting layouts for 45" fabric widths, 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 little packet!

This pattern is recommended for beginning intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and application is expected. A muslin mock up is highly suggested to fit the pattern before cutting into your fashion fabric.


This pattern is multisize with three sizes per packet. This pattern runs true to size and is meant to be very fitted at the waist. If you're between sizes or desire more ease please order the next size larger.  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.


Size Pack A- Size 12-14-16 Bust 30-32-34 Waist 24-26-28 Hip 33-35-37

Size Pack B- Size 18-20-22

Bust 36-38-40 Waist 30-32-34 Hip 39-41-43


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    Posted by Libby on Apr 12th 2016

    This dress was my first vintage project and it went together easily and had very clear instructions. I love the fit – I’m somewhat high-waisted, so I think the 40’s is the era for me. The one adjustment I made was taking in the armpits; that’s probably just my weird body, but I mention it in case other people need to make that adjustment. You should also know that it dips quite low in the back which might expose a bra or slip. There are some photos of my version on my blog at

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