PRINTED PATTERN- Phyllis- WWII 1940s Air Raid Suit or Coverall Pattern- Wearing History
This is for PRINTED PATTERN- Mailed to you. E-Pattern download is available in a separate listing in my store.
Named after my grandmother's cousin who was a factory war worker during WWII, the Phyllis Air Raid Suit is a Wearing History Resto-vival pattern based on a rare original extant pattern from the 1940's. These were also called "Siren Suits".
Includes size 30" bust through 42" bust, all in the same packet.
The original description reads:
"A well-fitted one piece air raid suit or coverall that's easy to slip into. You'll find it a most suitable costume for defense work and outdoor activity."
I offer photo tutorials on this site to aid in construction! With patience, and the use of the photo tutorials, an intermediate sewist may attempt this pattern. Although this may not seem difficult at first glance, this pattern is very challenging, even for experienced sewists. It uses a lot of menswear techniques like flat felled seams and button plackets. It also has buttons up both sides of the pants, a hidden button placket at back (drop seat!), and buttons up the front. Although we think this is a necessary pattern for re-enacting and enthusiast's needs, please be forewarned that it is extremely challenging and time costuming. Don't expect to make it a few days before an event. I will be adding photo tutorials to my blog to help with the challenging parts of construction.
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.
PRINTED PATTERNS are mailed to you and already printed on big paper. Shipping is calculated at checkout. Please allow up to one week for orders to ship.
E-PATTERNS and E-BOOKS are digital download PDF files you save and print yourself or have printed for you. These will not mail to you. You download them yourself to your computer after checkout.
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HOW TO USE E-PATTERNS
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
No returns or exchanges are accepted. Please be sure of your pattern size and type of product, either physical or digital, before purchasing.
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.