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Vintage 1940s Evening Dress Patterns

1940s Evening Dress Sewing Patterns 

By 1939, Paris evening-wear was taking on a distinctly 19th-century tone again with corseted waists and full skirts. During the war, for the average woman, formal evening dresses were abandoned due to strict austerity measures and the 1940s fashion silhouette remained boxy. Later in the decade in Paris, while the fuller and longer skirts with side bows, peplums, back yokes, and waist cinchers were being studiously designed. The 1940s evening styles featured floor-length dresses with an empire waist. It was also very fashionable to wear jackets over formal gowns. The princess ball gowns were the most common evening dresses of the time. These gowns were obviously inspired by 1939 Gone with the Wind style. The long but semi-full A-line skirt of the ball gowns displayed elegance. The 1940s evening dresses mostly featured a fitted bodice with the dress firmly held at the waist. The bodice was either plain or most times princess bodice that revealed the shoulders, neck, and in the case of strapless dresses, they revealed the upper chest. Regarding the back of the dresses, low backs were the trend of the decade!

Our 1940's vintage Evening Dress pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1940s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.

References: The Fashion FolkVintage Retro