I’ve shown you my 1940s daywear patterns, and my 1940s evening wear patterns, and my 1940s blouses & shorts & playsuits, now it’s time for everything else.
So what’s left?
Of course, you’ve already seen Advance 4916 and know it is quite a favourite of mine.
There are also hats. How cute are the ones in Butterick 1690? Best of all, I actually have hats my grandmother made from these as part of scout uniforms. D’awwww.
In the children’s clothes vein, I also have, Academy 3450, a pattern for (wait for it) child’s jodhpurs! Squee! So exciting! Tiny they may be, but I am totally going to size these up and make this for myself. I think it is wonderful that there was enough of a market for jodhpurs in New Zealand for Academy to do their own jodhpur pattern.
From children to pre-children, I’m pretty sure Butterick 4019 is 1940s (super broad square shoulders, mandarin collars and an oriental fastening are kind of a giveaway), but it’s definitely maternity wear. Check out those button front pants. I think it’s really sweet and wonderful that the women are shown in flat shoes instead of heels. Someone thought about the illustration!
This post is moving backwards. Children’s wear, then maternity wear, and now sexy nighties in the form of Butterick 8099. Oooh la la!
Aren’t they gorgeous? Don’t you just want that negligee?
Not quite as alluring, but ever so sweet, is Simplicity 4756. Aren’t the bed jackets and slippers every so darling? Especially in those classic ’40s pastels.
And for bedwear you really were meant to wear in front of other people, I’m think Women’s Weekly pattern 88 is a housedress – the ’40s version of a tea gown. Both lingerie and acceptable wear for informal dinners. It would make a good maternity dress too – nice and expandable.
And last of all, not a pattern for a garment, but Butterick 8715 is still fascinating – it’s a pattern for different sleeve options.
It’s missing the pattern envelope, but the instructions (while torn) are still fascinating. Note the way it comes with a pattern for shaping the armhole of whatever pattern you want to put these sleeves on.
You could easily update a 1930s dress to fit the current styles with 1940s sleeves. It’s so clever and thrifty.
So, quite a mixed bag, but some fun stuff there!
That sleeve pattern would actually be very useful! What a great collection, Dreamstress! Love the hats, love the jodhpurs – there are probably patterns for women’s ones out there. Though maybe they were made by the tailor whereas people were more reluctant to pay so much for something the children would grow out of.
And the negligee! Makes me feel all Joan Crawford. Well, maybe not…
I love the sleeves pattern.That must be SO useful! Provided these fit, of course – but I bet it really is useful to have a variety of sleeves to fit onto any pattern!
I agree about the sleeve pattern being useful. Would be interesting to try it out.