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E-Pattern- Early 1940s Sports Dress and Jacket Pattern- 30"-44" Bust

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Wearing History #R127- Early 1940s Sports Dress Pattern

This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper.


A Wearing History Resto-Vival™ pattern based on an original historical pattern.

This cheerful and sporty princess seamed dress from the early 1940s is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Perfect for casual afternoons and swing dances, this dress will easily integrate into both your vintage and modern wardrobe. The tie slips through a slit at the dress front and adjusts the front gathers. A matching jacket with either short or long sleeves is included.

This sewing pattern includes

-Period 1940's sewing instructions and cutting chart for size 34" bust
-Brand new cutting charts for modern fabric widths for all sizes (smaller sizes may require less fabric)
-The addition of sizes 40", 42", and 44" bust, which were not originally made in this pattern in the 1940s.
-The e-pattern includes all sizes and black and white dotted cutting lines


Intermediate Difficulty.
This sewing pattern is relatively simple to sew and assemble since it's mostly composed of long princess seams. You should be familiar with easing curves between pieces, making darts, setting sleeves, setting a zipper, and using bias tape for facing. Instructions are from the period original and are somewhat minimal. Bias tape tutorials are available on my blog.


In MISSES sizing. Petites, Plus Sizes, and Juniors may require alteration to fit correctly.


1940s Size Numbers were VERY DIFFERENT than modern ones!

ALL SIZES from 30" bust to 44" bust are included

Bust- 30-32-34-36-38-40-42-44
Waist- 24-26-28-30-32-34-36-38
Hip- 33-35-37-39-41-43-45-47

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.

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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.