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Sample Photos! New 1930s Blouse & Bias Skirt Pattern

I have some photos to share with you of my newly made samples of the brand new 1930s blouse and skirt pattern that’s now released!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this pattern!  I think it will be one of my basic go-to patterns for vintage wardrobe basics.  Between this and the Smooth Sailing pattern, my separates wardrobe is covered!

The blouse takes SO well to the cute printed cottons.  I know what I’m making more of when I come across printed cottons I don’t want to pass up.  I’d also love to try the long sleeve version in a more cuddly fabric- maybe a soft wool blend- with a zip up the front for the sporty look.  The pattern does allow for a zip-front blouse!

Although not the most flattering pic of me, this picture shows how fabulous the drape of the skirt is!  The pattern envelope shows the skirt a bit more form fitting, but I was so thrilled that it hangs loosely.  The bias makes it feel so comfy and flowy.  I really think I need one in wool, one in satin, and maybe a few more in linen, like this one is.

The skirt actually runs on the long side for the “street length”.  The sample I’m wearing I shortened three inches, and it’s still long (and I’m a bit taller than average).  But hey, don’t forget, bias skirts of pretty much the exact same cut were popular in the 1940s as well (pre-rationing), so if you want to make this work for 40s, just shorten the skirt a bit more.  It would transition great between decades!

Here’s the original pattern image again, so you can compare sample photos with the illustration.

If you missed the prior post with more info on the pattern, don’t forget to check it out!

This pattern is available as both a wide format, mailed pattern, and as a downloadable e-pattern.

You buy the printed skirt and blouse combo here.  It’s available ONLY through me, because this pattern takes up way too much paper to be offer it thorough any of my lovely pattern vendors who stock my line (woe!).  But, I’m cutting you a bit of a deal that way, so if you think you’ll want both pieces down the line, order the set.

You can buy the printed blouse pattern here.

You can buy the printed skirt here.

E-patterns for the blouse and skirt separately are available for $9.99 each.  But be forewarned, this is a mighty big pattern pack, so the pattern sheet alone (not including instructions) takes up a whopping 40 pages each!

You can buy the E-pattern for the blouse here.

You can buy the E-pattern for the skirt here.


Introducing the Newest Pattern! WWII Home Front Overalls

I’m happen to announce the latest pattern addition to Wearing History, which is now available for Pre-Order!

A perfect addition to your 1940s wardrobe, these WWII Home Front Overalls, Playsuit, and Trousers are both functional and fashionable!  Every WWII gal needed a pair of trousers or overalls when working toward Victory, and with this pattern you can make this vintage essential for your wardrobe!

This pattern features a lovely V neckline, straps that criss-cross at the back, a set in belt, and trousers with optional front pockets.  This can be worn over a blouse (blouse NOT included in this pattern, blouse pictured is from Smooth Sailing pattern), but the overalls hit high enough that you could wear them without a blouse, as in the late 1930’s “Farmerette” fashion, or as a playsuit with shorts.  The front of the pants have a tuck on each side, which is hidden when the pockets are used.  The tuck will be visible if no pockets are used.  If made without the top, these make excellent trousers, and when made in denim and with the pockets, they are great 1940’s jeans!

This pattern is a Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern based on an original period mail order pattern from the WWII era.  Unlike the other Resto-Vival patterns, which are follow the outline of original period pattern pieces, this pattern needed serious corrections in order to make the pattern fit together properly.   I have edited, corrected, and improved this pattern so you can be sure the pieces will go together as they should.  This pattern retains authentic period fit, including the lower crotch rise length that is different than the rise in today’s trousers.

This pattern includes pattern instructions based on on the original instructions.  Some notes have been added to the instructions to aid in construction.

 This pattern was originally available in Misses sizes 30″ bust to 40″ bust, but this pattern has been graded to expand the sizes to MISSES size 30″ bust through 46″ bust.  Larger sizes are based off the same misses size pattern and ARE NOT plus size.

This pattern is available in 3 sizes per packet.

This is the first Wearing History pattern that will be available as a mailed, printed pattern OR as a print-at-home E-pattern.  The expected release date is May 9th.


As a special promotion, until the pattern release date you can pre-order this pattern for $24!  That is a $6 discount off of the regular $30 price.


The e-pattern is not available for pre-order, but will be placed on the site on the release date for $9.99.


This pattern is an excellent match for the Victory Hats Pattern (which includes a factory worker cap to keep your hair in place for your Rosie factory worker impression) or the Smooth Sailing Pattern, which is the pattern for the blouse pictured here with the overalls and includes my top-rated WH original pattern for vintage trousers.  Remember, two patterns ship for the same price as one!  Patterns ordered with this pre-order will ship after the release date.


Thanks so much for supporting my little indie small business!  And if you love this new pattern don’t forget to share with your friends :)

1940s Bra Sample Photos!

It’s about time!  This was one of the first patterns I did as a “Resto-Vival”, back in 2010, and it’s finally time I actually sewed one up and took some photos!

At work recently, I had been given the task to create 1940s undergarments for stock (I’m currently working at a theatre), so I brought a printout of my handy dandy Wearing History digital bra pattern with me and set to work.


Although the original vintage pattern was stated a 32 (no up size), reviewers had said that this bra ran large.  I found this to be the case as well.  The dress form is 35″ around the bust and about a B cup, and it fit very well.  I have edited the item description to note this.

A few little things I did for decoration that weren’t called for in the original pattern were the topstitching details.  I found it easiest to finish the seams with a bias binding on the inside, so decided to go with contrast thread and use it as accents, and then continue the motif on the bottom piece of the cups.  I also added real bra straps (not of ribbon or fabric as called for in the original  and added a little bow at center front.  The original pattern called for bias binding around the edges but I went with a bias facing instead, making it 1/2″ shorter at top and bottom than it would have been with facing.

All in all, I don’t know why I procrastinated on making vintage bras for so long!  It went together super easy and very quickly.  I’ve actually got a pale pink one partially constructed already, and can see making more.  It’s funny leaving a pattern review of my own pattern, but there you have it!

If you want to try out your own version, you can purchase the digital download on my website for this 1940’s Brassiere Pattern.

Early 1930s Evening Gown Made from Loretta

Believe it or not, I had this sample finished probably around two months ago but could never get the time together to take photos!  Well, finally, here she is!

This is the evening gown version of Loretta- 1930s Day & Evening Dress, which is available in size 32 or 36 bust as a Resto-Vival pattern.

This pattern is typical of the very early 1930s (I found newspaper clippings inside the original pattern that were dated 1931), as it’s a midpoint between the loose fit in the torso of the 1920’s and the tighter fit in the hips of the 1930s.  The rows of tucks at the waist create a bit of a shape at the sides, but leave the center front and center back loose.  This pattern has an optional side bow. I’ve shown it here with and without the bow so you can see the potential in this lovely old pattern.

I especially love the look of the long pointed style lines on the skirt!

You can find this pattern here on my Wearing History Patterns website.

Hope you had a great weekend!

Finished Project: Autumn Floral Smooth Sailing Blouse

I haven’t shared a project in such a long time!  I have had this finished for several months and already worn it a few times, but my husband snapped these photos on Thanksgiving so I could finally share the project with you!

My thanksgiving outfit was my new blouse from my Smooth Sailing pattern, paired with a jumper made from a vintage pattern several years ago, a me-made hair flower, Payless saddle shoes and white socks.  I’m so excited that my hair is finally long enough to style without having to do a wet set for curls!  My hair refuses to hold a hot set now that my perm has grown out.

Whenever I wear a dress or skirt with a lot of “swish”, I can’t help playing with it!  I’m like a little girl playing dress up.

I saw this fabric at Joann fabrics and instantly fell in love! I knew it had to be a Smooth Sailing blouse. I’ve worn the other two I’ve made so much that they’re starting to look a little ragged. The fabric is SO cute, and so appropriate for vintage! It’s a “premium quilting cotton” be DS Quilts Collection called “Richmond Floral Red”, but mine is really more of a dark pumpkin color with a little red tone.  I bought mine in the store, but it’s still available online here at Joann fabrics.

I paired the fabric with a blue piping for accent and little baby rick rack on the pockets.  I had stashed some great vintage plastic floral buttons for quite a number of years and had them up on my bulletin board- knowing that sooner or later the perfect fabric compliment would come along.  Well, it finally did, and now they have a home on my new blouse.


Just for kicks, gotta add this silly shot.  I can haz no skillz of a pin up. LOL!

Hope you had a lovely holiday!

Finally! Sample photos of Loretta- Early 1930s Dress Pattern

I finally have some sample photos to share of the newest pattern that was recently released, the Wearing History Resto-Vival pattern of Loretta- Early 1930s Day and Evening Dress.  I have had this pattern cut out and partially completed for quite some time, so I’m glad to finally be sharing photos with you!

This sample was made of two tone rayon crepe fabric in white and black.  I thought it would be a rather fun nod to classic film to have it in these tones, and eventually I’d love to get some photos of myself wearing the dress.  But for now, these will suffice!


This is the day dress version with short sleeves and cuffs.  The little scarf piece is stitched to the neckline and passes through the bodice at two bound slits- sort of like bound buttonholes.


There are several rows of pintucks at both the front and back waist that give the little gathering and fullness across the waist that’s so characteristic of the early 1930s silhouette.  And the skirt is deceptively full!  Even though the lines of these dresses were pretty sleek, there is quite a bit of fabric at the hem!


You can get your copy of this pattern on my Wearing History Patterns website. It is available in both a 32″ and 36″ bust, and also includes an evening version, which I have yet to make.

“Rita” Shorts- Official Pattern Preview with Pictures!

I know I jumped the gun last night, but I’d like to officially announce pattern #1006- the “Rita” Pleated Shorts!

This pattern is an original Wearing History design and was inspired by vintage mail order catalogs and magazine images from the late 1930s through the mid 1940s.

These classic shorts look like a mini skirt but are actually shorts!  Perfect for summer days, and a great modest and flattering solution for your hot weather wardrobe.

These shorts feature three box pleats at the front, three box pleats at the back, a side zipper, and a narrow or wide waistband.  When choosing the wide waistband option you can also add detachable suspenders!  These shorts hit at the natural waistline (not low rise- “high waist” by modern standards).

These shorts are meant to have a vintage cut with a bit of an updated fit, including a higher rise (crotch length) than vintage shorts, but a longer rise than modern shorts.  It’s a happy mid-point that I think you will like!  Although these shorts were inspired by late 1930s to mid 1940s images, these can easily carry you into the 1950s.  By lengthening the rise of the shorts and the length they can work for mid 1930s styles as well, when done with the narrow waistband.

These shorts make a great base for your creative embellishments.  Add decorative buttons at the front for a sailor style, add piping to the high waistband and embroidery for a western style, or play with your designs in the form of appliques or fabric paint.  They’re a fun and playful addition to your wardrobe.  Make multiple pairs that are styled differently to keep your look unique.

This pattern includes step-by-step instructions compiled and illustrated by me, as well as cutting charts for 45″ wide fabric.  Blog tutorials for pleating and zipper insertion are coming up after the pattern release!


These shorts look great in printed or solid cottons, linens, and rayons.  These work best for dress weight or mid weight fabrics.  They have a lot of “swing” to their movement!  If you make a matching blouse this will make an adorable playsuit!  I suggest the Smooth Sailing Blouse, the Late 1930’s Beach Halter top (both tops shown above) or the the Sunkissed Sweetheart tie top as adorable companions to these shorts.

You can purchase the Rita Shorts Pattern here on my website.