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E-PATTERN- Mid 1930s Dress & Cape Pattern- Bust 30-44"- "Promenade Deck"

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Wearing History #R150- "Promenade Deck", a mid 1930s dress with long or short sleeves and capelet.

**ADVANCED DIFFICULTY** For adventurous makers who like to experiment with vintage fit and construction.

E-PATTERN- Print at home or send to a copyshop! Several files are included (scan to the bottom of the description for more detail).

Also available as a pre-printed, mailed pattern in another listing in my shop.

Based on a rare period original from the mid 1930s, this Wearing History pattern is based on an original in size 34” bust and has been graded to include sizes 30”-44” bust all in the same packet. This pattern is for a lovely dress and cape set. The dress can be made with long sleeves, or with short sleeves with cuffs. The skirt has a sewn tucks at the front and back, which release into a pleat. The cape buttons behind the wide revers of the dress.

This pattern includes sizes 30"-44" bust all in the same packet. Size 30" and 44" bust were not originally made in this sewing pattern and are modern additions. This pattern includes the original period instructions, which are fairly minimal, with some additional text clarification in italics below the period sewing instruction steps. A few illustrations are included, but not as many as modern sewing patterns include.

FOR SIZE CHART- Please see photos. Sizes 30"-44" bust are included. Hips fit closely on this dress.

- 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. This pattern includes several tricky construction details, including bound buttonholes, raglan sleeves, a black bodice pleat, a shawl collar, tapered seam allowance to a clipped dot at the collar, an unusual open front bodice construction which closes with hidden buttons and loops, release tucks at the front and back skirt, and almost no instruction for fastenings (it's best to know how to set a zipper or sew a skirt placket). All of these make a beautifully period authentic ensemble, but can be tricky for modern sewists to attempt. Previous knowledge or an adventurous sewing spirit recommended!

Yardage Requirements-
Please see yardage chart in product images. Yardages have not been tested and cutting charts are not available for any sizes other than 34" bust. TEST YARDAGE WHILE MAKING A MOCKUP.
It is recommended to purchase MORE fabric than indicated below, to allow for shrinkage, pattern matching, etc. No cutting charts are included other than for size 34" bust.

-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 prints at home on a US Letter/A4 size printer or can be sent away to be printed at a copyshop with the wide format A0 size. We print A0s at Pattern Printing Co.


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 uses a LOT of paper.

*****The pattern uses 90 pages for print at home***** A0 is 4 pages plus 10 pages of instructions/"how-to print".

  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
  • 80 pages for the tiled sewing pattern (print at home on US Letter or A4 paper)
  • 4 pages for the sewing pattern if printed on A0 size paper (for a Copy Shop. We print at Pattern Printing Co)
  • 9 pages for the sewing instructions.

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.