1940’s Beach Dress Cover Up # 4491

4491 beach dress
$8.50 black
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This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a flirty little beach dress or cover up. The dress features a fitted bodice and a unique double strap effect for halter or regular straps. The skirt can be made with or without the pleats and can be made longer or shorter depending on your needs.

This pattern can also be drafted in girls' sizes using the smaller measuring bands.

This would be the perfect set for a show stopping outfit for a day in the sun, or for your next pin-up fashion show!


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This is a pattern from a French pattern drafting system fairly similar to the Lutterloh golden rule patterns. You will be able to draft a pattern to your exact size from the miniature pattern template and specially designed rulers. To draft any of these special patterns to doll, children, and adult sizes is easy. Rulers are available to draft the pattern as small as a 5 1/2” bust/ hip to as large as a 60” bust/ hip and the pattern will be scaled perfectly every time. ALL RULERS ARE INCLUDED WITH THESE PATTERNS.


The pattern includes basic markings and notches that show you how they fit together, and indications such as dotted lines for cutting on the fold. I have included several pages of drafting instructions that I have translated from the original French personally. The illustrated instructions show you how to easily draw your pattern pieces from the miniature pattern template using your special ruler. 

These patterns were marketed originally to both home seamstresses and professionals alike and assume that you have a basic understanding of clothing construction. The original patterns DO NOT include any sewing instructions. To sew these, you should have a basic understanding of how pattern pieces should fit together. The pattern pieces are illustrated in such a way that you can see how they are supposed to be sewn to each other.

Difficulty level: These patterns might be a bit difficult for the beginner but an intermediate - advanced seamstress will most likely have little trouble.

For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post. It really takes something a bit intimidating and makes it quite easy!


For frequently asked questions about this type of pattern, click here.


Measuring band: Class A


Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 2 meters (about 2.5 yards).

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