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E-PATTERN- Early 1940s Montana Blouse & Skirt Pattern- Bust 30-42"

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Wearing History #R129

E-PATTERN- Print at home on US Letter or A4 size paper.

This subtly western-inspired skirt and blouse duo from the first part of the 1940s is perfect as a wardrobe basic.The skirt is pleated and has tabbed belt loop accents. The blouse has a yoke, patch pockets with flaps, and can be made with long or short sleeves. Use it as a base for your creative embroidery on the pockets, yoke, and cuffs- or keep it simple to use it as the base for your everyday 1940s wardrobe.

NOTE- sample photos show the blouse sewn from this pattern with purchased pants.

This is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern and is based on an original period sewing pattern. This pattern includes sizes 30"-42" bust all in the same packet. Size 40" and 42" bust were not originally made in this sewing pattern and are modern additions. This pattern includes the original period instructions, which are fairly minimal, and the addition of a modern cutting chart for 52" wide or wider fabrics.

ALL SIZES BELOW are included:

Bust 30-32-34-36-38-40-42
Waist 26-27-28-30-32-34-36
Hip 33-35-37-39-41-43-45

**PLEASE NOTE- this skirt runs small in the waist. It retains all period pattern shapes from the original pattern. A mock up for size is suggested**

- Difficulty -

Intermediate difficulty.
Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal. It is best to have a sewing book handy to help with more tricky construction bits. To make this pattern you should be familiar with making patch pockets and pocket flaps, set sleeves, attach a collar, and (for the long sleeves) make a sleeve placket and set a cuff.
There are FREE video sewing tutorials here for some of the construction:

-Size Information and Yardage Requirements-
Please see yardage chart in product images.
It is recommended to purchase MORE fabric than indicated below, to allow for shrinkage, pattern matching, etc.

-Additional Notes-

Because this was based on a period original, a mock up is HIGHLY SUGGESTED. Test construction and fit on your unique figure before cutting into your fashion fabric.



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. 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.

THIS E-PATTERN IS IN COLOR. You can print grayscale in your printer settings.

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 a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper.

*****The pattern uses 99 pages of paper*****

1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
32 pages for the blouse sewing pattern
56 pages for the skirt sewing pattern
11 pages for the instructions

100 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print all pages of this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.

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 printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and 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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    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.