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Sifting Through Endless Edwardian Patterns

by Jennifer Rosbrugh on January 19, 2012

Stash of Edwardian Patterns

Stash of Edwardian Patterns

With all the fervor surrounding the centennial celebrations of the Titanic sinking, statehoods for Arizona & New Mexico, the Girl Scouts and LL Bean, and many other Edwardian events, I wanted to put together a list of clothing patterns available.

Please note that this list is certainly not exhaustive. I only want to give a good starting place for those seeking to re-create fashions from the years 1900 into the 19-Teens.

If you know of others, please share them in the comments so we can all benefit.

All links lead to the main pattern company sites. Feel free to Google and/or order from your favorite pattern supplier or the pattern company itself.

Past Patterns – generally well drafted with sources listed and other period information (Some of the Past Patterns you see in the above photo are discontinued and are really hard to find.)

Past Patterns Corset Covers & Drawers

Past Patterns Corset Covers & Drawers

# 106 1901-08 Straight-Fronted Edwardian Corset

#107 Two Edwardian Combinations

#108 Four Edwardian Corset Covers

#117 French Drawers

#112 Turn of the Century Reception Gown

#400 Edwardian Tailored Shirtwaists

#404 Edwardian Gibson Tucked Blouse

#405 Two Tucked Waists

#406 Edwardian Tucked and Side Closed Waist

 

Attic Copies (published by Past Patterns) – traced from original diagrams so only 1 size available; includes the minimal instructions from the originals; recommended only for confident and/or advanced sewers

(Click on the name link above to go to the Past Patterns webpage listing all the Attic Copy patterns. They are numerous so take a gander at all the offerings.)

Attic Copy Ladies Dress 1911-1914 8211

Attic Copy Ladies Dress 1911-1914 #8211

 

Truly Victorian – well designed and generally easy to follow. Please tell Heather I sent you!

TVE01 - Edwardian Corset

TVE01 – Edwardian Corset

#TVE01 1903 Corset

#TVE01 Edwardian Underwear

#TVE21 1903 Trumpet Skirt

#TVE22 1905 Circular Skirt

#TVE41 1903 Plain Blousewaist

 

 

Laughing Moon – JoAnn’s patterns are always well done and full of additional information

Laughing Moon 1912 pattern

Laughing Moon 1912 pattern

#104 1909-1913  Day or Evening Dress

 

Sense & Sensibility – Please tell Jennie I sent you! Relatively easy patterns designed for the modern sewer.

S&S 1910 Tea Gown Pattern

S&S 1910 Tea Gown Pattern

1910s Tea Gown

1909 Beatrix Jacket

1909 Beatrix Shirtwaist

1909 Beatrix Skirt

1912 Kimono Dress

Edwardian Walking Jacket

1914 Afternoon Dress

 

Folkwear – decent patterns that produce period-esque garments

Folkwear Edwardian Underthings

Folkwear Edwardian Underthings

#205 Gibson Girl Blouse

#227 Edwardian Bridal Gown

#203 Edwardian Underthings

#226 Princess Slip

#265 1912-13 Afternoon Tea Dress

#209 Walking Skirt

#210 1918 Armistice Blouse

 

Promenade Patterns – only three published patterns; recommended for experienced sewers

Promenade Patterns 1910-14 Dress

Promenade Patterns 1910-14 Dress

1905 Summer Gown

1910-14 Gown for Dancing or Dinner

1912 Evening Gown for Dinner or the Theater

 

 

Ageless Patterns – for those truly advanced; little or no sewing instructions; most traced straight off period diagrams (with seam allowances added) and produced ‘as is’ with period sizing (Listed below are only the ones seen in the photo at top; she has over 800 patterns to sift through. Whoa!)

Ageless Patterns #1362

Ageless Patterns #1362

#1337 1902 Summer Petticoat

#1353 1912 Checked Silk Blouse

#1361 1912 Gray Wool Skirt w/Buttons & Trim

#1362 1912 Yellow Silk Evening Dress

#1363 1912 White Batiste Princesse Slip

#1371 1912 Black Silk Corset Cover w/Frills

#1374 1912 Brown Wool Dress w/White Inserts

#1378 1912 Taffeta Skirt w/Ruffles

 

Rocking Horse Farm – ok patterns; you’ll find the occasional missing markings or mismatched edges

Rocking Horse Farm Edwardian Coat Suit

Rocking Horse Farm Edwardian Coat Suit

1909 Ladies Coat Suit

1911 Embroidered Waist

Ladies Hobble Skirt

1915 New Empire Day Dress

 

Simplicity – one of the Big 4

Simplicity Titanic-inspired Dress

Simplicity Titanic-inspired Dress

#8399 Titanic-inspired costume – republished for the anniversary

#7157 1900-1925 Princess Slips – out of print but found on eBay and Etsy and other sites

#5905 1900-1910 Petticoat and Corset Covers – out of print, but search

#5943 Edwardian Tea Dresses – also out of print but Google it

 

Wingeo - fair line of patterns; cover sketches are basic, patterns themselves are ok but mockups required; great shapes to start with

(Website is HORRIBLE to navigate. Click HERE to get to the 20th Century pattern page and HERE for the entire list of patterns with prices.)

Wingeo Double Breasted Jacket

Wingeo Double Breasted Jacket

#407 Victorian/Edwardian Yoked Waist

#409 1910-15 Gown & Overdress

#410 1910-15 Double-Breasted Jacket

#411 1910-15 Skirt 

#412 1910-16 Hobble Skirt

 

Nehelenia Patterns – a European pattern designer & store

Nehelenia 1913 Ball Gown

Nehelenia 1913 Ball Gown

#NP E304 1913 Ball Gown (only available in size 32″ bust) (cover artwork seems promising of a delightful gown!)

 

Pattern Resources From Books

Patterns of Fashion 2: 1860 – 1940 by Janet Arnold – sketches and pattern diagrams taken from original garments printed on grids for easy enlarging; FABULOUS resource!

 

 

Period Costume for Stage & Screen: 1800-1909 by Jean Hunnisett – many basic and foundational patterns on grids

 

The Voice of Fashion (1900-1905) and The Edwardian Modiste (1905-1909) both published by Frances Grimble – pattern diagrams from period sources that need to be drafted out with a specific ruler system (included in each book); a wide variety of garments to fill your costume closet! Love these!

 

For those inclined to only go off pattern diagrams or other original sources, here are a few resources I found online.

 

 

 

1900-1909

1910-1919

 

 

Please let me know if this list helps your search for sewing patterns. And please support these small businesses and independent pattern producers so they will continue to draft patterns for our sewing projects.

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Denise Cowles-Lewis(Ladyghost4459) January 19, 2012

Great review. Thanks for great resources.

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Beth January 19, 2012

Perfect timing! I just finished my dress for the Jane Austen Evening and bought fabric for my first Teens dress (navy and white striped linen, for an afternoon tea dress). This post is so helpful!

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corsetra January 19, 2012

I went through my patterns the other day and pulled out
butterick 4092 1914 skirts (B4091 1914 blouses looked too new for titanic)
B3765 is Corset covers.
Simplicity 5905 is corset covers and petticoat. Petticoat shape may be a bit old.

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Jennifer Rosbrugh January 19, 2012

Oh! You’re right about those Butterick ones. I totally forgot them and have them in my stash. They seems to be a mash-up of early 1900s (with that poufy bodice front) and mid-Teens with those straight sleeves. The skirts are very 1912-ish.
Thanks for posting them!

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Gina In Vista January 19, 2012

I really liked the book “American System of Dressmaking”. I could really use that for my everyday sewing needs and inspriation when doing costuming. Thanks for the great resource

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Kiyoshi January 20, 2012

This is a great list, Thanks so much for posting! But in my ‘research’ (mostly photos) for centennial stuff, I find that Arizona and New Mexico might be a little more ‘outdated’ than fashion on the Titanic. The last two contiguous states were kinda ‘back-woodsy’, and even today we’re somewhat overlooked, so older styles (earlier 1900′s, very late 90′s) might have been in common use.

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Jennifer Rosbrugh January 21, 2012

I’d agree with you on the slightly out-of-date fashion. I grew up in New Mexico and have a variety of photos from the turn of the Century. There’s also tons in my hometown museum. From what I’ve seen the fashions are fairly current, maybe only a couple years behind “high” fashion, but isn’t most everyday people nowadays? And yes, one would probably still see c. 1900-02 styles.

Enjoy the pattern list!

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Dawn Wilkerson January 21, 2012

How fun! My daughter LOVES to sew! I will have to introduce her to your site!

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Claudia Looi January 21, 2012

Jennifer, what a fun post. I like The Rocky Horse Farm look.It would be fun to dress up for a 19th century typed party.

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Carolyn Runnells January 24, 2012

Great! Thanks for pulling these together in one place

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marywa March 25, 2012

I just pulled out my Simplicity 8399 and found I have no instructions any idea how I might get those without repurchasing the pattern?

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Jennifer Rosbrugh March 26, 2012

Try contacting Simplicity and let them know your pattern envelope was missing the instructions.

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Kimberley January 30, 2013

Thank you for this well ordered, era specific, hands on pattern availability website. I LOVE THIS. I have been searching for modest clothing, and recently got hooked on 1890sish clothing and you have such a plethora of items. I plan to spend a lot of time on this site. Please know all the work you have done is APPRECIATED!

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Jennifer Rosbrugh January 30, 2013

You are welcome Kimberley!

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melody February 6, 2013

I sew and also “Re purpose” premade pieces. I keep my eye out for long velvet tank dresses and those lovely fancy tunics and over dresses from India that have tons of beads,sequins ,all set on sheer net. .You can layer the net tops over the tank dresses… add wide waist shashes and presto an decent fancy “teens” dinner dress with little or no sewing.

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Jennifer Rosbrugh February 6, 2013

I know several people who use this idea. I admire them greatly as I’ve not yet discovered the knack of it myself.

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Samantha February 7, 2013

If anyone is interested in Ageless Patterns, I’d recommend buying them via Patterns of Time. In addition to their site, they have an Amazon storefront which is how I buy mine. I’ve had nothing but issues ordering directly through Ageless. She doesn’t have your usual online shopping cart system and you either have to email/call with your credit card info or mail her a money order.

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Hannah R. January 23, 2014

Amazon Dry Goods has a TON of historical sewing patterns.

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