E-PATTERN Early 1940S Bathing Suit & Skirt Cover Up- SIZE 30" Bust- Wearing History PDF Download 1940s 40s

E-PATTERN Early 1940S Bathing Suit & Skirt Cover Up- SIZE 30" Bust- Wearing History PDF Download 1940s 40s


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Wearing History #R123

This pattern is available in one size only. Bust 30", waist 26", hip 33"

Download and PRINT AT HOME on US Letter or A4 size paper

*****The pattern uses 104 pages of paper***** You can also order this as a printed pattern that is mailed to you for $15 plus shipping. Contact me if you want me to set up a custom listing for you.

Misses’ Bathing Suit & Skirt

This pattern dates from the early 1940s and includes a bathing suit, trunks, and a long skirt which can be used as a cover up or as a cape.

The bathing suit has a ruched top and a wrap skirt. Under this, you wear separate trunks or shorts. The skirt can be worn either as a skirt or a cape.

We find the fit of the trunks to be a bit odd by modern standards. You may wish to substitute modern swimwear bottoms underneath the swimsuit.

This is a pretty big pattern packet with 20 pieces!

Special thanks to Nicole at Paper Moon Vintage, who made this pattern possible by loaning us her original.


This pattern is vintage size 12- XS

This pattern is available in one size only. Bust 30", waist 26", hip 33"

This pattern will not be multi-sized in the future. The cut did not lend well to pattern grading, but we are happy to offer the original period source size in order to allow today's sewing enthusiasts a chance to make this beautiful fashion of the past.

---- Difficulty ----

Intermediate difficulty. Instructions are original to the time period and are somewhat minimal.

----Yardage Requirements----

This pattern particularly lends well to a mid-weight fabric with a good drape, such as rayon challis.
Please see the product images for yardage.

---Additional Notes----

Because this was based on a period original, a mock up is HIGHLY SUGGESTED. Test construction and fit on your unique figure before cutting into your fashion fabric.



This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern.

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions.

You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern.

This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper.

*****The pattern uses 104 pages of paper*****

1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.
30 pages for the swimsuit pattern
15 pages for the trunks sewing pattern
49 pages for the skirt/cover up pattern
9 pages for the instructions
104 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.

About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns

Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived. Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations. Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment. Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment. Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns. At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail. Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.


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Sarah Jun 26, 2019

5 out of 5 stars
Lovely pattern as usual! Easy to assemble

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Carla Minatel Dec 18, 2018

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I didnt make it yet, but alredy love it!

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