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Dawn & Gill

    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.