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PRINTED PATTERN- 1950s "Leslie" Skirt in Misses or Extended Size- Waist 26"-48"

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Wearing History #R144 "Leslie" Day and Evening Skirt Pattern

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"Leslie" Day and Evening Skirt Pattern

This lovely skirt is perfect for daywear or evening. The front has beautiful inset sides with gathering and a heart
shaped waistband. The daytime version buttons down the front and hits at mid-calf length. The evening version is full length and the front is cut on the fold and opens at the side seam, and can also be cut a daytime length. The back of the skirt is un-gathered and cut with an a-line flare. Add a petticoat underneath for extra fullness (not included).

*Note- this does not have pockets. The tops in the illustration are not included. The skirt does not have inside netting or skirt supports, so add a petticoat if you desire extra fullness**



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The misses size is based off of the period original and includes 24"-40" waist, 33"-49" hips

The extended size is redrafted based on a plus size form and has sizes 32"-48" waist, 42"-58" hips.

 Please enlarge images for size charts.

There's quite an overlap in sizes, as the extended size was added after the pattern was originally released in misses size.  For more info on what size to chose please watch this video:

The original period pattern was in size 28" waist. In the time period it was only available in sizes 23"-30" waist, with one size per packet. Our redraft and grading makes it possible for more people to sew this lovely skirt!

- Difficulty -

This garment uses basics like straight seams, buttonholes, gathering, and setting a waistband. The more intermediate skill is setting a curved seam, for the front of the skirt.

- Yardage Requirements-
Period yardage included and should be tested when making mock-up. Size charts have been added for modern fabric widths based on a non-directional fabric of 52" or wider. Allow extra for fabric that shrinks when laundered, or matching patterns, fabrics with a nap, or directional prints.

-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 has slight alterations to the period original in order to ensure accuracy and add ease, as no waist ease was originally included. 0.5" of waist ease has been added.

There's several awesome YouTube tutorials available for sewing this pattern!

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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    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

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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.