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1940s Costume History - 1948 Pattern Cutting Fashion Pictures
C20th Fashion History 1940s

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c1948 Pattern Cutting Fashion Design Pictures

C20th Fashion History 1940s

These wonderful Pattern Cutting Design Fashion Pictures are vintage Fashion Designs and Pattern Cutting instructions c1948 from my collection.  The fashion pattern cutting magazine aimed to give general dressmakers instructions in good pattern drafting cuts following an up to date fashion silhouette line of the day.  All thumbnail images enlarge into A4 size pages for personal use only printing and study. I've cleaned any background clutter so you can really see the silhouettes,  fashion detailing and have one pattern draft to one page only. 


c1948 Pattern Cutting Fashion Design Images 1

Cover 3028 301 and 302 303 and 304 305 and 306
c1948 Pattern Drafting Sketch 3028
307 and 308 309 and 3010 3011 and 3012 3013 and 3014
Fashion sewing pattern design 3011 and 3012

Here are just the pattern drafts for the garment styles shown above. Do remember to use a modern block or sloper tailored to today's thicker waisted, fuller busted figure.  Thumbnails enlarge to A4 and will be less squat when enlarged.

N.B   I have NOT made up any of these styles and cannot be held responsible for errors in designs.  Use them as inspiration.

301 302 303 304
305 306 307 308
309 3010 3011 3012

This particular 1940s fashion designing edition contained many pages with individual drawings, plus the complex pattern cutting drafts and written text.  The actual date of the images bought from a 93 year old woman is unknown other than that the book is from the late 40s. I would estimate the designs at between 1948 and 1951, but many would look acceptable up to 1955.  All thumbnails enlarge to become full A4 pictures including the actual pattern drafts which I have rearranged a single sheets for each design.

You must read the next page to obtain all the patterns shown.

It is worth noting that these designs show tentative steps to introduce the New Look in some versions with the fuller skirt, but many have that late forties look especially the wide shouldered coats.  There was resistance to the New Look in Britain as the government denounced it as wasteful of fabric. Women in Britain were still on clothes rations and cloth was still scarce.  What fashion sewing material was available was used to boost British export fashion sales abroad.  I think they are very representative of fashion styles c1948-1949, some were worn by visitors to the London 1948 Olympic Games.

You can read more detailed text about 1940's fashions for women on the 1940s Utility Clothing Fashion page. You can see more fashion plates for 1946 and 1949.

Hats are very helpful when dating photos as are hairstyles so try 1940s hats and hairstyles sections.

N.B   I have NOT made up any of the styles on this page and cannot be held responsible for errors in designs.  Use them as inspiration for drama and living history.


Page added 24 June 2005

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