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      Dawn & Gill
        Sewing Instructions are in English

        Women's 1940s Shorts Pattern

        The shorts, styled with pocket, are seamed down the center front and back.

        Style I has front and back pleats, In Styles I and III, left side opening and waist band are featured. Style II has a flap on the front pocket; Elastic is inserted through the casing at the upper edge. In Style III, the dart-fitted shorts fold at the lower edge to form a cuff.

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

        Size Guide

        Size: 12 (Vintage size)
        Waist: 25” (63.5cm)
        Hip: 33” (84cm)

        Finished Length of
        Style I or II, 17” (43.2cm)
        Style II, 15 ½” (39.4cm)
        1 ½” TURN UP FOR HEM

        Sewing Notions

        SHORTS – STYLE I AND III: - 1 spool of Thread; Seam Binding; Snap Fasteners; 2 Buttons. SHORTS – STYLE II: - 1 spool of Thread; Seam Binding.

        Fabric Amount Guide

        NOTE: - Additional fabric is required when: - not pre-shrunk – matching stripes or plaids – for nap fabrics - for extra seam allowance when material ravels.
        STYLE 1
        35” fabric, 2 yds.
        39” fabric, 2 yds.
        54” fabric, 1 ¼ yds.
        STYLE 2
        35”, 39” or 41” fabric, 1 ¼ yds.
        1 ¼” width, ¾ yd.
        35” fabric, 1 ½ yds.
        54” fabric, 1 yd.

        The above yardages do not include extra fabric for matching plaids.

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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 re-sealable envelope for easy storage. If you choose to purchase the original pattern, you receive a piece of history which may include age related wear and tear.