1940s Wedding Dress Sewing Patterns
Bridal fashion in the 1940s can effectively be divided into two sections; wartime and post-war. Wartime rations meant that wedding dresses in the early ’40s were simple, practical, and often borrowed, or were handmade from cheap fabrics like rayon. After the war, although rationing was still in place, gowns gradually became more detailed once again. Even Queen Elizabeth had to use ration coupons to buy the fabric for her 1947 wedding dress! In 1943 Carole Landis married in London, wearing a gorgeous cream-coloured silk gown. As she was a world-famous actress, she was able to afford this luxurious fabric. Her dress was designed by Norman Hartnell, dressmaker for the royal family. The design featured a sweetheart neckline, tucked-in waist and long, pointed sleeves which were the height of fashion at the time. Queen Elizabeth modest yet extravagant ivory dress was also created by Norman Hartnell, and featured floral embroidery representing the national emblems of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The gown was meant to celebrate unity, in more than one way, as the country was still suffering from the World War. Another favourite design of the period but much simpler was illustrated by the Tea length wedding dress patterns
Our 1940's vintage Wedding 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 Wedding Secret