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Vintage Sewing Patterns from the 1940s

1940s Sewing Patterns - And Renaissance 

Christian Dior’s ground-breaking New Look silhouette featuring gorgeous full skirts and waist-cinching jackets influenced 1940s dress patterns. The New Look in the summer 1947 emphasized the bust, waist and hips reasserting female sexuality. During the war, for the average woman, formal evening dresses were abandoned due to strict austerity measures. Later in the decade 1940s evening dress patterns mostly featured a fitted bodice with the dress firmly held at the waist. The bodice was either plain or most times princess bodice which 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 for 1940s evening gowns! Robes were still popular choices, marketed for their comfort and warmth. While most hit the ankle, some models were available at a mid-calf length. Glamorous housecoats soared in popularity in the early 40s. Hovering at ankle-length and femininely cinched at the waist with a belt, they closely resembled gowns. 1940s coat patterns and jacket patterns screamed “masculinity” inspired by Schiaparelli’s ‘cash and carry’ line of 1939. Broad shoulders and mannish lines were the order of the day in 1940s fashion. By winter, 1943, the covered-up, short-skirted dinner dress of 1942 had become a full-fledged, decollete evening dress: short black slipper satin dresses with ribbons of satin over bare shoulders; halter tops of white satin and sequins barbarically strapping naked backs above simple short black crepe skirts. Pants became a clothing piece to count on and was often worn with blouses or defined jumpers, often knitted. The blouses had a similar style to the men’s, commonly in bright colors and sometimes with a matching blazer. 1940s swimwear covered more than it does today but was working its way to being less modest than it had the decade before. Separate two pieces were slowly gaining popularity as a precursor to the bikini and were closed with either buttons, or metal zippers at the back. In the early part of the decade women’s 40s skirt patterns hit knee-length. They were decorated with buttons and pockets. As the decade developed the overall silhouette was rather slim and long. Women looked elegant with their knee-long skirts and heels that gave a longer impression. Bridal 1940s sewing patterns 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. After the war, gowns gradually became more detailed once again.

The biggest influence war time restrictions had on men was further introduction of casualness. Hawaiian shirts, for example, were worn all day, and even nights, in the summer. The collared dress shirt was worn with suits or by itself with a pair of slacks. 1940s pyjama patterns showcased matching cotton pajama sets. They consisted of straight-leg pants (or shorts) with a high elastic waistband or drawstring waist and a button down shirt. Just like ‘40s women, men always threw a robe or gown on over their pajamas to lounge around the house. Trench coats, bomber jackets, knit undershirts, pea coats, chino pants, and aviator glasses all have roots in WWII military clothing. Sports coats, too, were a newer trend that had gained popularity in the 1930s. Sport coats had wide rounded notch lapels, two very large square pockets, and 3 button closures

Our 1940's vintage sewing 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 a easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home. You will have Glamorous 1940s garment’s which showcases your unique sense of style.