RH1507 — 1948 Sleeveless Dress with Detachable Cape


1948 Dress with Cape sewing pattern



Get some sun (or not) with this convertible summer dress!

Based on an original pattern from 1948, this sleeveless dress with detachable cape allows you to feel the sun on your shoulders but cover up when necessary.

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:  
novelty cottons, linen, rayon

thread, buttons

Yardage biggest view for largest size:
5.5 yards at least 45″ wide for dress and cape (cape alone = 1 yd)

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 230 g
Type of Product

Paper Pattern, Downloadable


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