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  • Two women wearing a 1940s Day Dress
  • Line drawings of dress with long or short sleeves. Front and back views
  • Pattern pieces
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      Dawn & Gill

        The 1940s / 1980s Picture Perfect Dress

        Picture yourself in this attractive day dress in three styles, echoing the 1940’s and of course which the 1980s style came from. Perfect for day and workwear wear; mix with matching contrasting fabrics to give you the uniqueness you deserve! The dress features a button neck opening and side zip fastening, dart fitted, welt pockets in front seams with either long sleeves with cuffs, three-quarter sleeves or short sleeves. Perfect for adding a touch of modern, with a short jacket and sneakers or even add a hat for a wedding.  Very versatile indeed!

        Offered here as; Paper Pattern or the Original Pattern. This pattern is also available as a PDF download.

        Size Guide

        Size: 12 (Vintage size)
        Bust: 30" (76.2cm)
        Waist: 25" (63.5cm)
        Hip (7” below natural waistline): 33" (83.82cm)
        *Finished length from back of neck: 42” (106.7cm)
        Width at lower edge: 54” (137.2cm)

        *2” hem allowed.

        Sewing Notions

        Matching thread, 9” Slide Fastener For Side Opening

        Fabric Amount Guide

        VIEW A -
        39” Material (With or without nap), 3 yds.
        42” Material (Without nap), 2 5/8 yds.
        52” Material (Without nap), 2 1/8 yds.
        VIEW B -
        39” Material (With or without nap), 3 yds.
        42” Material (Without nap), 2 5/8 yds.
        52” Material (Without nap), 2 1/8 yds.
        VIEW C -
        35” Material (Without nap), 2 7/8 yds.
        39” Material (Without nap), 2 5/8 yds.
        42” Material (Without nap), 2 ½ yds.

        Some common imperial to metric fabric conversions:

        35" (89 cm) , 36" (91.5 cm), 39" (99.1 cm), 44"
        (111.8 cm), 45" (114.3 cm), 1 yd. (91.5 cm)

        1” (25.4 mm), 3/4” (19 mm), 3/8” (9.6 mm), 1/2” (12.7 mm), 1/4 “ (6.4 mm)

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        What You Will Receive

        If you select a Paper Pattern, you will receive a true to scale reproduction sewing pattern printed on A0 premium paper, along with instructions, and a full-colour front cover. Your pattern will arrive, in a clear resealable envelope for easy storage. If you choose to purchase the original pattern, you receive a piece of history which will include age-related wear and tear.