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E-Pattern- 1940s Brassiere Bra Sewing Pattern- Size 32-34" Bust

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This “Resto-Vival” pattern is a digital e-pattern for a bra dating to the wartime 1940s.

E-pattern to print at home on letter size paper.

Pattern size- Bust 32, with no cup size indicated.

This pattern runs large. and I would estimate the finished sample size at it a 34B-C or 36A-B. The mannequin measures 35″ around the bust and is about a B cup.

No other sizes are available in this pattern.


This pattern is true to the original period pattern lines and includes original seam allowances and ease.

Instructions from the original period instruction sheet are included. Note that vintage instructions may be difficult for the modern sewer to comprehend. Intermediate dressmaking knowledge and a muslin mock up of the pattern are suggested, as vintage fit, ease, and construction are different than modern standards.

Sample notes: The sample was made with topstitching detail (stitching lines not indicated original pattern), and the edges were finished with bias facing instead of the bias binding called for in the original pattern. When finished with bias binding the bra will be 1/2″ taller at top and bottom in length than the sample bra that is pictured.

You are getting a multi-page PDF of the pattern pieces and the instructions to print out on regular 8.5″ x 11″ letter paper. Cutting instructions are included for the shoulder strap piece- the original is a rectangle and will not fit on print out paper.


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 to be 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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    For A4/US LETTER paper:

    Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. Print the PDF file on your home printer, cut off on the lines given, and tape them together. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

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    This is sent away to a copyshop and printed on big sheets for you. We print A0 pattern sheets at great prices at Pattern Printing Company

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All of our patterns are carefully researched and based on either public domain materials or our own creations. Lauren applies her decades worth of practical application of historical fashion and technical skills when making these patterns, and often supplies watch points for making. External helps are available on Wearing History on YouTube and on Wearing History Blog to help you learn to sew history.