1940s Tea Dress Sewing Pattern - Sew Over It

1940’s Tea Dress Sewing Pattern



The 1940’s Tea Dress is a stunner of a dress. Based on vintage fashion from the 1940’s, the dress features gathered bust detail, a paneled midriff and skirt, flattering elbow length sleeves and lovely contrast cuffs. We love to add three decorative covered buttons down the centre front for a lovely extra bit of interest.

The 1940’s Tea Dress is definitely one for you intermediate sewers. You will be using tricky fabric for this dress, so it’s best to have some experience working with lightweight drapey fabric before you tackle this pattern. Not feeling too confident? Why not ease yourself in with our Silk Cami pattern first?

The pattern contains full instructions with beautifully illustrated diagrams to help you along. And if you get stuck with anything, don’t forget you can find our 1940’s Tea Dress Sewalong on the blog!

Materials required: a drapey woven fabric such as a crepe, georgette or rayon. You will also need a 22 inch invisible zip.

Check out what everyone’s making on the 1940’s Tea Dress board.

PDF Version

The 1940’s Tea Dress pattern is 52 pages long.

So what is a PDF pattern? A PDF pattern is a downloadable pattern that you print yourself at home. Simply download, print, tape together and let the sewing begin! When you print the pattern, print at 100% (you might have to uncheck the scale box). Print page 2 first, the square should measure 10cm x 10cm.

At the end of the checkout process you will receive an email with the link to your pattern and instructions.

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