Late 1930s Wedding Gown with Train Sewing Pattern Past Patterns original design sizes 8-26

Pattern Number: 0304


Documented to 1939

The pattern is multi-sized 8 through 24

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Late 1930s Wedding Gown with Train Sewing Pattern Past Patterns original design sizes 8-26

Pattern Number: 0304


Documented to 1939

The pattern is multi-sized 8 through 24

999 in stock

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On all US Orders over $50!

All of our patterns tell a story.

Why Choose This Pattern?

This wedding dress pattern is an early, original creation by Past Patterns, first produced in August 1982

Saundra Altman, our founder had only the following to say about this pattern, "Miss E. Zylstra was married in this gown in October of 1939. The original fabric is a cream acetate satin. The lace at the yoke, collar, cuffs and cathedral train is a deeper cream. The closure is secured with four snaps at the left side."

Regretably, even with the vast resources of the internet in 2024, we cannot find any reference to anything else about Miss Zylstra.

Current research does show that in 1939, typical wedding gown design from that era focused on:

  1. Silhouette: Wedding gowns of the 1930s often featured a sleek, slim silhouette. They emphasized the natural curves of the body with fitted bodices and slightly flared skirts. The waistlines were typically cinched, creating an hourglass figure.
  2. Neckline and Sleeves: Necklines tended to be modest, often featuring high necklines or sweetheart necklines with lace or sheer overlays. Sleeves varied from short puffed sleeves to long sleeves, sometimes adorned with lace or ruffles for added elegance.
  3. Embellishments: Lace was a popular embellishment on wedding gowns in the 1930s. Delicate lace overlays were often used on bodices and sleeves, adding a romantic and feminine touch. Other embellishments such as embroidery, beading, and intricate appliqués were also common, enhancing the gown's beauty and sophistication.
  4. Train: Many wedding gowns in the 1930s featured trains of varying lengths, adding a sense of grandeur and formality to the ensemble. Trains were often adorned with lace or embroidery to complement the gown's design.
  5. Accessories: Brides in the 1930s often accessorized their wedding gowns with veils, gloves, and floral headpieces. Veils were typically long and sheer, adding an ethereal quality to the bride's look. Gloves were often elbow-length or wrist-length and made of satin or lace.  This is one characteristic not covered in our pattern set.

Overall, wedding gowns in 1939 reflected the elegant and romantic aesthetic of the time, with attention to detail and craftsmanship creating timeless and beautiful bridal ensembles and we believe that our pattern does make a great example for what would have been accurately worn during the period.
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This pattern is Multi-sized with the following pattern sizes included:
Size 8 Bust 32 1/2" Waist 24 1/2" Hips 34 1/2"
Size 10 Bust 33 1/2” Waist 25 1/2” Hips 35 ½”
Size 12 Bust 35” Waist 27” Hips 37”
Size 14 Bust 36 1/2” Waist 28 1/2” Hips 38 ½”
Size 18 Bust 38” Waist 30” Hips 40”
Size 20 Bust 42" Waist 34" Hips 44"
Size 22 Bust 44" Waist 36" Hips 46"
Size 24 Bust 46" Waist 38" Hips 48"
Size 26 Bust 48" Waist 40" Hips 50"
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Fabric Requirements (all measurements using 45” (115cm))
Size 8 = 5 1/4 YDS (4.7m)
Sizes 10-14 = 5 3/8 YDS (5.0m)
Sizes 16-24 will not fit well with 45" without additional piecing so we advise against this

Fabric Requirements (all measurements using 60” (150cm))
Sizes 8-18 = 4 7/8 YDS (4.5m)
Size 20 = 5 YDS (4.6m)
Size 22 = 5 1/4 YDS (4.7m)
Size 24 = 5 3/8 YDS (4.9m)
Size 26 = 5 1/2 YDS (5.1m)

Double Edged Scallop Lace 36"-60" Fabric with or without Nap
Size 8 = 4 3/8 YDS (4.0m)
Sizes 10-22 = 4 1/2 YDS (4.1m)
Sizes 24-26 = 4 5/8 YDS (4.2m)

Optional Historical Reproduction Collar Galloon Lace Minimum 6' Fabric with or without Nap
All Sizes = 1/2 YDS (0.5m)
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Suggested Fabrics
Mrs Altman suggested "for a period-correct 1930s Wedding Gown use fabrics like silk organza, Voile, China Silk, Leight weight silk taffeta.
For the Slip use satin, crepe, Charmeuse."
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The booklet included with this package comes with Past Patters’ original artwork on the cover and has a sizing chart, fabric measurement chart and notion suggestions on the back cover. Inside the booklet are 14 pages of written and illustrated instructions for building the Wedding Gown. The patterns are computer designed and printed on 3 sheets.
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Our patterns are printed on 20 lb. white paper and packaged in a reusable plastic. We always attempt to offer the most reasonable shipping rates for domestic and international orders. Multi item purchases are automatically adjusted for combined shipping.
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Additional information

Weight 11 oz
Dimensions 13 × 10 × 3 in

This item is for single, non-commerical usage. If you want to mass produce items, please contact us.

Sizing Information

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(Frequently asked questions)

Why are both Trowsers and Trousers listed on site?

Over the last 200 years, much like the human body, our style of language has changed.  For vintage patterns, we attempt to use the language of the day where possible.

Can you grade (edit) a Vintage Revival pattern for my size?

please contact us with the specific pattern number and the specifications you require.  We have staff available for this for an additional fee.

What sizes do Past Patterns patterns come in?

Our patterns, with some exceptions, are manufactured in sizes 8 through 26 for women and sizes 34 through 54 for men. Most patterns are multi-sized. For a complete listing of measurements in inches see the size chart.

Do you have vintage patterns (manufactured prior to 1950) that you want to sell?

we are always on the lookout for original, American designed, vintage patterns especially for categories outside of current items.  We are interested if you have 1 pattern or 1000 patterns.  Give us a call to discuss.

Why is my pattern size different from my off the rack dress size?

We use the U. S. Board of Standard Measurements to size our patterns. The ready made clothing manufacturers have their own set of sizes developed from their own statistics. For a complete listing of measurements in inches see the size chart.

How are the patterns packaged?

We package our patterns in two forms: Bond Paper and Tissue. Except for the Tissue patterns, each is slipped into a reusable plastic sleeve. Many contain documentation in the form of Historical Notes or the printer ie., Butterick. Because the patterns are printed in house to order, they can take from three to seven days. Tissue patterns, which are printed out of house, are available to ship immediately.

What does a Corset Kit contain in addition to the Corset pattern?

In addition to the pattern, the kits contain everything you need to make the corset except the thread. The kits contain, according to their type, fabric and lining, stays, clasp or busk board, back lacing, tape for finishing the edges, trim lace, ribbon, leather, tin stock, waist tape, punch and setter, eyelets, marking pencils, cording, reed and a loop turner.

Need a pattern in your language?

we can translate our instructions into just about any language

Have an old and incomplete Past Patterns item. What can I do?

The answer depends on if the pattern is still in production or not.  If it is, please mail us the old pattern and we will ship you a copy of the latest pattern for a minimal fee along with normal shipping charges.  If the item is no longer in production, we would need to know exactly what you have to determine the best course of action to help you.

What is the difference between a Past Patterns original pattern and a Vintage Revival pattern?

The Past Patterns originals were designed in house and based upon the research, disassembly and time of Saundra Ros Altman.  These designs come from finds all over the United States reaching from San Diego, California to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC.  She created the initial patterns, the sizing charts and the instruction content.  Many of the these patterns are multi-sized or are available in various sizes.  For the most part, these designs are done taking into account the modern human body's shape, height and weight. The Vintage Revival patterns are traces or copies of an old, mass produced pattern; the first mass produced patterns came out in the 1850s.  For the most part, you get exactly what came in the original package; in some cases, Saundra has appended historical notes to the instructions.  The Vintage Revivals patterns, being copies of the originals, generally only come in one size and are based upon the size and shape of the human body from the era the pattern came from.

What software do you use to create patterns?

We utilize PW Studio for our designs.  Isabelle Lott, a contributor over the years to Past Patterns, is the owner of the company and will be happy to answer an software related questions you have.  Her software is available for licensing.

What measurements do I need to know to order a Corset Kit?

The bust and back length. The back length is measured from the prominent bone at the base of the neck to the natural waistline.

Where can I see the appropriate clothing fabrics for the 18th and 19th centuries?

You can see 1740 through 1940 fabrics in a book titled "Textile Designs" by Susan Meller and Joost Elffers. The subtitle states, "Two Hundred Years of European and American Patterns for Printed Fabric by Motif, Style, Color, Layout and Period and 1,823 Illustration in Color." What they don't say is that 90% of the swatches pictured are life size. The ISBN is 0-8109-3853-7. A second book is Wearable Prints, 1740-1860, History, Materials, and Mechanics by Susan W. Greene. The ISBN is 978-1-60635-124-6. Great books! Order it from your local library that has interlibrary loan capability if you cannot afford the price. There are now many sources for appropriate fabric through the Internet.

Where can I find antique patterns to purchase?

On the Internet try: "Patterns from the Past."


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we do offer expedited domestic shipping for extra fees.  We can also expeditie international shipments but delivery dates overseas cannot be promised.


Becoming a Wholesalers of our patterns

We offer Wholesalers significant discounts that will allow both your and our businesses to flourish.

Why don't we sell PDFs of our patterns - First due to piracy.  We have spent over 40 years creating and tracing these patterns along with researching them.  We print and ship all of our patterns ourselves.  If we started sending out PDFs, in no time, copies of our Intellectual Property would be all over the internet and we would be out of business.  Second, some of our patterns are constantly being updated.  We want our clients to get the BEST POSSIBLE version of our products.


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