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E-PATTERN- Circa 1939 Blouse, Skirt, Shorts & Girdle- Bust 30"-40"

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Wearing History #R117- Circa 1939 Blouse, Skirt, Shorts, & Girdle

This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper. This requires a LOT of paper to print- read below for more information.

Now also includes A0 size to send away to a copy shop to be printed!


A Wearing History Resto-Vival™ pattern based on an original historical pattern from circa 1939. This pattern works well for late the 1930's through the early 1940's looks, but is so classic it can seamlessly be integrated into your modern wardrobe.

Misses' Bodice, Shorts, Skirt, & Girdle (belt). The bodice blouse is about waist length, has a square neckline, release tucks at front, short sleeves, and closes at the front with buttons. The shorts are cut full, have release tucks at front, and are finished with interior belting at the high waist. The bias cut skirt can be made in a short or long length and is finished with interior belting at the high waist. The girdle belt is made in contrasting fabric and can be worn with the skirt or shorts.

It is worth noting that the shorts have a period authentic vintage cut, which has a longer rise (crotch length) than modern shorts.

This pattern includes a blouse, shorts, skirt, and girdle (cummerbund belt). If you make the top and skirt in the same fabric it looks like a two piece dress. If you make the top and shorts in the same fabric it looks like a playsuit. If you use coordinating fabrics for the blouse, short skirt, and shorts in fabrics you've got a mix and match vacation or day to day wardrobe. If you add a long skirt to the vacation wardrobe it can carry you into evenings or be worn as a maxi skirt. Add the cummerbund girdle belt (a gathered fabric that closes with hooks and eyes) for that iconic late 1930s/early 1940s beach look.


Intermediate Difficulty. Must be familiar with basic construction and vintage methods.


In WOMEN’S sizing. This vintage sizing standard was for a more mature figure. Misses, Petites, Plus Sizes, and Talls may require alteration to fit correctly.

ALL SIZES from 30" bust to 40" bust INCLUDED IN THIS E-PATTERN

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

Because of this, no layout charts or yardage estimates are included for that size. Test your placement when making a mock up to see how much fabric you will need of your final fabric.

Please see the photos for an image of the yardage requirements.

--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 comes in 1 zip file that includes the pattern and instructions, and 1 pdf for how to print. This pattern uses a LOT of paper.

-49 sheets for the skirt pattern
-20 sheets for the blouse pattern
-25 sheets for the shorts and girdle pattern
-9 for the sewing instructions
-1 sheet for how to print and use this pattern

104 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to make all garments in this pattern. 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.