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.)
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.)
Truly Victorian – well designed and generally easy to follow. Please tell Heather I sent you!
Laughing Moon – JoAnn’s patterns are always well done and full of additional information
Sense & Sensibility – Please tell Jennie I sent you! Relatively easy patterns designed for the modern sewer.
Folkwear – decent patterns that produce period-esque garments
Promenade Patterns – only three published patterns; recommended for experienced sewers
[12/30/14 Editor’s note: seems this website is down or no longer exists. Google for vendors that may still have stock.]
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!)
Rocking Horse Farm – ok patterns; you’ll find the occasional missing markings or mismatched edges
[Editor’s Note 3/8/16: Rocking Horse website seems to have been hacked and site leads to phishing links. All links have been removed for safety. Please google for vendors of Rocking Horse Farm patterns.]
1909 Ladies Coat Suit
1911 Embroidered Waist
Ladies Hobble Skirt
1915 New Empire Day Dress
Simplicity – one of the Big 4
#8399 Titanic-inspired costume – out of print but copies on eBay and Etsy
#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
(12/30/14 Editor’s note: Seems this website no longer exists. Google for vendors.)
#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
#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.
- Costumers’ Manifesto: Thornton’s International System of Ladies’ Garment Cutting, London 1912
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library (full size patterns can be “rented” or purchased)
- The American System of Dressmaking (1912) – entire dressmaking book to view & download
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.