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PRINTED PATTERN- Palisades- 1940s Wrap Dress Pattern- Bust 30"-40"

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Wearing History #1003 Palisades- 1940s Wrap Dress

This is for PRINTED PATTERN- Mailed to you.

This wrap dress is inspired by an original mid 1940s dress pattern and featured a cute sweetheart neckline, tucks at the bust and at the bretelles (shoulder straps), and a fun gathered skirt.  This dress wraps at the back and the waist ties slip through a side slit and then wrap around the dress- one belt wraps to the front, the other around the back to meet the first tie at the front, where they are tied in a cute bow.  The bodice and skirt can be accented by ric rac trim, and the bretelles and belt can be made in contrast fabric.  The bodice and bretelles are lined.

This dress is a great basic to be made up in solids or in cheerful cotton prints.  The sample was made up in cotton pique for the skirt and bodice and striped seersucker for the contrast belt and bretelles.

This pattern was inspired by an original 1940s pattern but has been redrafted for an improved fit and includes step-by-step illustrated instructions.  This pattern also includes cutting layouts for 45" fabric widths, and a yardage chart and supply list. The pattern is printed on good quality bond paper. This pattern comes all neatly packaged in a clear resealable plastic bag so you can keep your pieces, instructions, and you can add your own fabric swatch and inspiration photos so they can be kept in one handy little packet!

This pattern is recommended for beginning intermediate sewers. A basic knowledge of sewing terminology and application is expected. A muslin mock up is highly suggested to fit the pattern before cutting into your fashion fabric.


This pattern is multisize.  This pattern runs true to size and is meant to be very fitted at the waist. If you're between sizes or desire more ease please cut the next size larger.  Please order pattern by measurements (given in inches), as the size numbers do not equate to modern pattern sizing and pattern sizing can vary from pattern to pattern on my website.

Size 12-14-16-18-20-22

Bust 30-32-34-36-38-40

Waist 24-26-28-30-32-34

Hip 33-35-37-39-41-43

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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.