Wearing History #3011
Late 30s Beach Trousers and Halter Top
Multisize, all on one sheet.
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Vintage size 12-14-16-18-20
This is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from the late 1930s for a halter top and beach pajama trousers. The trousers are worn above the natural waistline and can be shirred to a waist facing or can be shirred with elastic thread. The halter top is gathered through a casing to a tie around the neck, and the back ties into place. You can tie the neckline lower and tuck the top of the top into the high waisted pants for a one-piece look, or you can tie the top higher to show the midriff. Made up in cool printed rayon or lightweight cotton this two piece ensemble is a pure delight to beat the heat and still retain your glamour girl allure.
About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns
Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived. Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations. Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings. These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment. Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment. Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns. At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail. Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.
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Posted by Ms. Darcy on 25th Jun 2012
I want to wear this all summer!
I made this easy ensemble up in a matter of hours for an event in NYC last weekend. The instructions were very clear and the construction of the two pieces were easy (a beginning sewer could handle this outfit). I used a medium weight linen in white for the pants and a lightweight linen in red with white polka dots for the halter.
I made two alterations to the pattern due to the fabric I chose. As my halter fabric was not very supportive (you will either need a stick-on-bra or find a way to add bra cups in the top), I lined the halter instead of it being one layer. I cut out two of the halter piece in my fashion fabric, sewed them right sides together and then turned it right side out. This omitted the hemming of the underarm, sides and bottom of the halter. I serged the top of the halter made the casing for the ribbon as noted in the instructions. Very simple to modify the top in this way and definitely the way to go if you are using a lightweight fabric and want more stability.
As I used a heavier linen for the pants, I found that the elastic shirring is not the right way to go for the waist (at least for me). The elastic thread is not strong enough to hold up the pants and I actually ripped out 3 of 5 the rows just walking to my event. To repair, I have decided to use yardage of 1/4" elastic, replacing my 5 rows of elastic thread.
Wonderful pattern for summer separates - I cannot wait to make more.