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Dawn & Gill

    Women's 1940s Summer Shorts Pattern

    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: Digital Download (how to print and assemble). This pattern is also available as a Paper Pattern.

    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

    FABRIC REQUIRED – WITHOUT NAP OR ONE WAY DESIGN UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
    NOTE: - Additional fabric is required when: - not pre-shrunk – matching stripes or plaids – for nap fabrics - for extra seam allowance when material ravels.
    STYLE I
    35” fabric, 2 yds.
    39” fabric, 2 yds.
    54” fabric, 1 ¼ yds.
    STYLE II
    35”, 39” or 41” fabric, 1 ¼ yds.
    ELASTIC
    1 ¼” width, ¾ yd.
    STYLE III PLAID FABRIC
    35” fabric, 1 ½ yds.
    54” fabric, 1 yd.

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

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    Skill Level

    Beginner

    What You Will Receive

    After purchase, you will receive an email with a link to simply download at home, formatted for both 8.5"x11" Letter and A4 printing. This digital download will print actual size full scale pattern pieces.