D-A-H 1930s Day Dress Any Size #1037 (1933)

1037 Dress Pattern
$8.50 black
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This is a digital draft-at-home pattern for a lovely afternoon dress from 1933. The dress features a short sleeve and a draped bodice held in place at the shoulders by small tucks. The skirt is relatively full.
The dress would be lovely shortened and sewn in a cotton print for a more modern look, or made in satin and lengthened for a sophisticated evening dress.
Note: the sash is not included in the pattern.

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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 level home seamstress will most likely have little trouble.

For a complete tutorial on drafting your pattern including photos, check out this blog post.

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What you will need:
Paper (I use large tracing paper but butcher paper, muslin fabric, wrapping paper etc all work great!)
Fabric: this pattern requires approximately 4 meters (about 4 1/2 yards).

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