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PRINTED PATTERN- Late 1940's Girl's Size 2 Dress with Pleated Inset Yoke Pattern

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Wearing History #R152- Late 1940s Child's Dress with Inset Pleated Yoke. Size 2 ONLY.

PRINTED PATTERN- Mailed to you! The E-pattern download is available separately in my shop, if you wish for the PDF version.

CHILD’S DRESS. This lovely child’s dress features a faux-pinafore look, but the dress is all in one piece! This dress has a pleated yoke with decorative button trimming up the front. The dress fastens up the back with buttons, and has ties inserted into the sideseam that tie to make a bow at back. The rectangular skirt can be decorated with gathered trimmings. This dress can be made with a short, puffed sleeve, a short, fitted sleeve, or a long, gathered sleeve.

ONLY ONE SIZE- Size 2- Breast 21"

At this time the pattern is only available in size 2. The sizing is unchanged from the period pattern source and may require some alterations for modern sizing.

- Difficulty -

Intermediate difficulty. Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal compared with today. Should be familiar with garment construction and be adventurous to try vintage techniques.

- Yardage Requirements-
Please see images. Allow extra for 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.
The pattern shapes are unchanged from the period source, in order to keep historical accuracy. Some alterations may be required, as the pattern has not been tested for fit, construction, or truing. Please make a mock up first and save your pretty fabric for the final garment!

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

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    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.