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Dawn & Gill

    40s Tailored Dress Pattern

    This 1940's beautifully tailored women's dress featuring shoulder yoke, sleeves in two lengths, belt with tabs, collar, button closure, and bodice tucks.

    Offered here as: Paper Pattern or the Original Pattern

    Size Guide

    Size: 12 (Vintage size)
    Bust: 30" (76.2 cm)
    Waist: 25" (63.5cm)
    Hip (7” below natural waistline): 33" (83.8cm)
    Length at center-back, 2” HEM allowed: 42” (106.7cm)
    Width at lower edge, about: 2 yds.

    Sewing Notions

    Buttons, Zipper for placket, Buckle, Snaps for long sleeves 100 yd. Spool of thread

    Fabric Amount Guide

    View 1, Short-sleeve Dress
    35” Material (without nap), 3 5/8 yds.
    39” Material without nap), 3 3/8 yds.
    View 1 or 2, Slide Fastener for Placket, 10”
    Allow ¼ yd. additional for matching narrow or medium stripes
    View 2, Long-sleeve Dress
    35” Material (without nap), 4 yds.
    39” Material (without nap), 3 ¾ yds.
    54” Material (without nap), 3 yds.


    Recommended Fabrics

    Percale, Gingham, Spun rayon stripe, Striped silk or wool, Thin wool, Wool crepe. See our Fabric Partners

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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.