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Dawn & Gill

    1940s/1980s Iconic War-time Dress

    War-time shirt-waister dress. Practical, demure, elegant and classy - all the hallmarks of the 1940s and of course the emulative 1980s, which we all love! The dress has yoked shirtwaist with set in sleeves, which can be short cap or 3/4 length. Iconic shoulder gathers and below knee length, gored skirt has front inverted pleat. Perfect for any occasion. 

    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" (84cm)

    *Finished length from back of neck: 42” (106.7cm)
    Width at lower edge: 55” (139.7cm)
    *2” hem allowed.

    Sewing Notions

    Matching thread

    Fabric Amount Guide

    VIEW A -
    39” Material (With or without nap), 3 ½ yds.
    42” Material (Without nap), 3 ¼ yds.
    52” Material (Without nap), 2 ¾ yds.
    VIEW B – Striped Material
    35” Material (Without nap), 3 ¼ yds.
    39” Material (Without nap), 3 yds.
    VIEW B – Plain Material
    35” Material (Without nap), 3 yds.
    39” Material (Without nap), 2 ¾ yds.

    9” Slide Fastener For Side Opening

    Recommended Fabrics

    Cottons, Poly-viscose blended, Rayon, Linen, Lawn, Viscose, Poplin. See our Fabric Partners

    Skill Level

    Beginner / Intermediate

    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.