Sunkissed Sweetheart- 1940s Sarong Separates Pattern

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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


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  • 5
    Love this pattern!

    Posted by Unknown on Aug 5th 2016

    I made the shorts. They look great, the instructions were clear and I found it easy to put together. I'll definitely be making the skirt and top at some point.
    This was my first Wearing History pattern and I'm impressed with it.
    My blog post with pictures can be found here

  • 5
    Fantastic Pattern!!

    Posted by Emily's Vintage Visions on Jul 9th 2016

    I really enjoyed making this pattern! It went together super fast and the fit was great. The directions are clear and easy to follow. I would highly recommend this pattern to others!! You can read my full review on my blog.

  • 5
    I LOVE this pattern!

    Posted by Angela on Apr 10th 2016

    I LOVE this pattern! I will definitely be making it again! I just made my “muslin” top, which is wearable cotton, and I didn’t have to adjust anything. I do have an A cup, but I am sure that even if I had a B or C cup, I would still be able to fill it out since there are adjustable ties in the front. Onto the shorts!

  • 5
    I LOVE this pattern!

    Posted by Tipper on Apr 10th 2016

    I LOVE this pattern! It was exactly what I was looking to make. I was inspired by the print they used on the model, as I love Hawaiian prints. I love Florida and I was able to find a vintage style Florida vacation print which ended up being perfect. The pattern is super easy to make. There’s a lot of bias sewing going on here which took a while because I made my own so it would match the fabric, but it looks really nice when done.
    Next time I make this I would add a full inch to the bottom of the top because sometimes it moves and you can see my bra from the bottom. Also I remember emailing Lauren about a few questions and she was extremely helpful!
    I get complements whenever I wear the outfit, can’t wait for this summer!
    Also this is my entry for the photo contest! This is summer last year walking around a Palm Springs hotel. It was the perfect Palm Springs outfit

  • 4

    Posted by Unknown on Apr 10th 2016

    This pattern is exactly what I was looking for. The blouse and sarong are perfect for a great retro look. Must be a fairly good seamstress to decipher the pattern and it definitely helps to make a mock-up in muslin first since the fit at that time is slightly different than the fit of today. All in all a great purchase and I love how the pieces turned out.

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