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E-Pattern- 1940s Panties & Bloomers- Waist 24"-32"

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Wearing History #4005- E-pattern- 1940s Panties & Bloomers

This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper. Now also includes A0 size to send away to a copy shop!


MultiSize - 24" through 32" Waist all in one Packet

This "Resto-Vival" pattern is a fantastic wardrobe basic for those interested in recreating authentic looks from the 1940s. Based on an original vintage pattern, this includes 5 waist sizes in one packet. These panties and bloomers feel elegant under dresses, but also make great loungewear or pajamas for a modern gal. The bias cut tap panties are smooth and modestly sexy, while the bloomers are great under skirts for cooler weather. A historically appropriate solution to what to wear under your vintage dresses, these are a great base for your lace insertion or creative applique designs.

Bias Cut - These hug the figure with the cut of the fabric, making you feel elegant in even your most basic dresses.

A Solution to Warm and Cool Weather Undies- The tap panties are cool for warm weather, while the bloomers keep you warm in cooler weather.
Great Base for Your Creative Designs- add your own applique, embroidery, or lace insertion to create elegant yet practical underthings
Authentic Vintage Fit- This pattern fits the authentic vintage way. A looser crotch than modern panties makes these hug the figure, and the bias cut with no front and back seam makes these invisible under dresses.
Cute for Loungewear, too- Make these up in fun, lightweight cottons for cool loungewear or modern pajamas!


All Sizes Included in One Packet.
Sizes have less ease than modern patterns. If you desire more ease, cut a larger size.

SIZE 24 26 28 30 32
Waist 24" 26" 28" 30" 32"
Hip 33" 35" 37" 39" 41"

NOTE FOR PRIOR PATTERN CUSTOMERS: If you purchased this pattern prior to 6/20/16, there has been a pattern correction. Please download the correction here:

How to sew the gusset:

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 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.



This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

This pattern uses:
-30 sheets of paper for the pattern
-6 for the instruction pack
-1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet
37 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed.

This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions.

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    Most patterns come as both A4/US LETTER and A0 size. You will need ADOBE READER, a free program, to print your e-pattern.

    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.

    For A0 size:

    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

  • Returns

    No returns or exchanges are accepted. Please be sure of your pattern size and type of product, either physical or digital, before purchasing.

Carefully Researched

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.