Folkwear - Sporty Forties - 235
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The government asked designers not to use unnecessary amounts of fabric, not to make extreme changes, and not to indulge in excessive trimming. The British Board of Trade conceived of "utility clothes", which were to be simple, practical, agreeable to look at, and inexpensive. The clever results are a tribute to the designers' art. Clean simple lines and fine tailoring techniques contribute to the look that is still appreciated as classic today.
Our Sporty Forties' Dress sewing pattern is a shirtwaist, buttoning all the way to just-below-the-knee hem. The bodice softly pleats from the shoulder seams and into the waistband. Both long (View B) and short sleeved versions (View A) have pleating detail at the shoulder. The skirt sports knife pleats in the front allowing freedom of movement. Two breast pockets complete the dress.
As a bonus if you're a knitter this pattern comes with a sweater knitting pattern! The long-sleeved sweater buttons up the front and has a shawl collar. Body and sleeves are knit in a modified basket stitch; the waistband uses stockinette.
Dress: Crisp linen or linen-like synthetics or blends, medium-weight cottons or blends, medium-weight rayon, silks, and silk noil.
Sweater: wool, wool blends (135-150 yards/50g skeins) or equivalent; gauge: 24sts/4" on no.7 needles.