RH1337 — 1938 Panties or “Tap Pants”


1930s Panties sewing pattern



Buy this 1930s Panties pattern and have the perfect 30s underwear!

Based on an original pattern from 1938, these panties are the essential underthings for 1930s and 1940s dresses and frocks.  Easy to make.  Easy to wear.  Panties close on left hip with buttons or snaps.

Reconstructing History patterns are different from other reproduction patterns

We don’t just photocopy old patterns and sell them to you.  We use the original patterns as a basis.  Then we grade the pattern in modern sizes, up to 48″ bust and 40″ waist, so they’ll fit far more sizes than the original patterns ever did.  And we don’t just stick you with the old vague instructions either.  Kass personally goes through each pattern, improving the instructions, modernizing the vocabulary and adding in all those things that the old pattern companies assumed their customers knew.  Yet we don’t remove the flavour of the original pattern, so you can truly experience using a vintage pattern without all the trouble of resizing and “translating” it.

All sizes (busts 28″ to 48″) come in the same envelope.  Also included are assembly instructions, embellishment suggestions, and the extensive historical notes you’ve come to expect from Reconstructing History.

Fabric Suggestions:  
silk satin, charmeuse, rayon, crepe de chine, handkerchief linen, batiste, Celanese, Bemberg, or any lingerie fabric
buttons or snap for closure
lace trim optional
2 yards 45″ wide or 1.5 yards 54″ wide for slip
Let us help you! At Reconstructing History, we want to see you wearing the best garments you are capable of making.  Email us at and we will answer any questions you might have.


Additional information

Weight 0.25 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


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