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Pattern Tour D30-5156, 1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

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1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble

This 11-piece pattern originally by Butterick is a very scarce pattern for Howard Greer's design for a costume as worn by Miss Hepburn in an R.K.O. Radio Picture', being her first starring role in 'Christopher Strong'.   

The ensemble consists of the pleated hat, one-piece dress and jacket with long or short cut-away sleeves and attached scarf that laps over the front to close the jacket with buttons.

3/4" seams are given at underarm (all side) seams and 3/8" seams are given on all other edges.

The center back seam of the jacket lay on true bias, so plaid or striped fabrics show off the chevron effect! The seam joining the bodice and skirt of the dress is shaped at the built-up waistline to follow the line of the jacket's lower edge for uninterrupted flattering lines.

I would consider the jacket an advanced sewing level, as a gusset is sewn into the underarm. I have provided additionally illustrated instructions for this.

Read about my jacket project in black wool tweed.

Access the article I wrote for Threads Magazine, June/July issue 'Working with Vintage Patterns' highlighting this pattern.


Size set A fits 12-16 (30" to 34" bust, 25" to 28" waist, 33" to 37" hip).

Size set B fits 18-40 (36" to 40" bust, 30" to 34" waist, 39" to 45" hip).

Size set C fits 42-46 (42" to 46" bust, 36" to 40" waist, 47" to 49" hip).

The jacket may also be ordered as a separate.

 1933 Katharine Hepburn Jacket

The original 16-piece pattern in size 16 only (fitting 34" bust, 28" waist, 37" hip) consisting of the pleated hat, one-piece dress and jacket (in two styles) with cut-away sleeves and attached scarf that laps over the front to close the jacket with buttons, shown below:

1933 Katharine Hepburn Ensemble D30-5156 

1933 Katharine Hepburn Dress, D30-5156

Order either of these patterns through Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and get 15% off the paper pattern price!

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