RH1405 — 1940 Ladies’ One-Piece Dress


1940s Day Dress sewing pattern



Make yourself this Pretty Day Dress with this easy-to-use RH pattern!

Based on an original pattern from 1940, this one-piece ladies’ day dress comes with a gored skirt that joins the bouse in a flattering built-up waistline at front.  A tied sash or belt conceals the join in back.  Gathers at the shaped shoulder yoke and mid-section decorate the gress.  Buttons close the neckline and may continue on the skirt or not.  Sleeves can be long or short.

All sizes (busts 30″ to 50″) 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.

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Fabric Suggestions:  printed silk, silk, rayon, faille, novelty cotton, linen, gingham, cotton voile
Notions:  buttons, optional trim, shoulder pads
Yardage:  3.5 yards 54″ wide or 4.5 yards 40″ wide


Additional information

Weight 0.25 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


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