1930s Ladies Dress With Softly Gathered Bodice - Reproduction 1938 Sewing Pattern #T2930 - 36 Inch Bust

1930s Ladies Dress With Softly Gathered Bodice - Reproduction 1938 Sewing Pattern #T2930 - 36 Inch Bust



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  • Materials: Paper

This replicated pattern is sized to fit a 36 inch bust / 30 inch waist / 39 inch hip.

As per original 1938 pattern description: Misses' and women's dress, utterly feminine and lovely, this dress has the soft gathered bodice and snug waist yoke that is so good for the figure. The neckline is a low V; skirt is slightly flared. Style 1 has buttons and a sash trimming the yoke, long sleeves. Style 2 has short sleeves and is shown with an optional belt. SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Plain or Printed Heavy Sheers, Silk Jersey, Novelty Silks, Rayons, Crepe Satin, Voile, Lawn. Style 1 only: Sheer Velvet, Sheer Wool

Dress Style 1:
~ 39 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 3-3/4 Yards
~ 54 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 2-7/8 Yards
~ 39 Inch Wide Material - WITH NAP 4-1/8 Yards

Dress With Short Sleeves:
~ 35 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 3-5/8 Yards
~ 39 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 3-1/2 Yards

Dress Style 2:
~ 35 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 3-3/8 Yards
~ 39 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 3-1/4 Yards

See below for a review of this pattern:

"The sleeves on this frock were a dream to put in. I loved the darts in the sleeve head. All the points lined up and the instructions were very clear. Altogether a fun and remarkably easy pattern. I had a moment of panic doing the collar, but it's a very clever way to do a self facing. I didn't understand the little rabbit ear that formed the collar back because I had never encountered anything like it before. Once I joined the shoulder seams it was easy."

This Simplicity pattern was originally created by Dec. 30, 1939 and the copyright has expired. Photo #5 shows it advertised on the cover of PreVue Magazine, November 1938. This pattern has been re-digitized into it's current format. All content falls under the copyright Vintage Pattern Lending Library 2005, and as such, no portion of this pattern may be photocopied or reproduced by any means without the written consent of Vintage Pattern Lending Library.

Our replicated historic patterns are the highest quality available. They are electronically digitized and printed on a high-quality graphics printer in two to three colors. Paper is a beautiful 18lb semi-transparent vellum for ease of pinning and cutting. They are NOT inferior hand drawn, photo-copied or blue-printed replications. Our reproduced patterns are printed on full size sheets - no need for taping multiple small pages, or re-sizing from a small diagram.

Our patterns include seam allowances, grain lines and updated text for ease of construction. Patterns are reproduced directly from the original source material, with no changes in order to retain the historical accuracy of the pattern. Prior sewing experience and knowledge of working with vintage patterns is recommended.

Please note: This is NOT a finished garment and the original pattern and documentation are NOT included. In a hurry and want it now? The PDF version of this pattern is available here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/670665264/1938-ladies-dress-with-softly-gathered

Since 1998, VINTAGE PATTERN LENDING LIBRARY has been the 'go to' source for vintage sewing pattern reproductions. We accept 100% returns on any patterns you are not happy with. Please visit us at www.vpll.org to learn more about our preservation projects.


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Katy Oct 22, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Pattern shipped out so fast! The paper for the pattern is perfect--I've ordered from other reproduction pattern companies that use a heavier paper. I’m a pattern tracer, but I definitely prefer to avoid it when I can. VPLL uses a paper that can be pinned like tissue but is more substantial. The pattern itself is wonderful. Not too many pieces and construction itself is fast, though there are a few details that benefit from making a muslin for practice and fit. Don’t skip the muslin! I reached out to Deirdre regarding the fit issue I was having, and she was so helpful and encouraging! I could write paragraphs on how pleased I am--unfortunately there’s a character limit! I HIGHLY recommend ordering from Deirdre and VPLL!! I will be coming here in the future for all my reproduction pattern needs! Likely very soon :)

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Kjirsten Gustavson May 13, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Just gorgeous! I cut this paper pattern last night and was thrilled with the quality of the paper--not too heavy, not too light (picky detail, I know, but I like good paper for patterns). It is clear and easy-to-read. Also, the seller could not be sweeter!! This is my new favorite pattern source. :)

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granger, ann Sep 5, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Well I am VERY happy with how this turned out. A really flattering shape and style. I'm a 38" bust, not 36" so had to learn how to enlarge patterns. Easy to follow instructions and great communication with seller. 5* all round!

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Melissa Jun 4, 2020

5 out of 5 stars

Love love LOVE this pattern! I made it out of 100% cotton in a 30's feedsack print. It's so comfortable I decided to make another one so I can live in these all summer.

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