Free Knitting Patterns- 1902 Ladies Vests

Hello!  Happy Monday!

I’ve got a great little freebie for you today.  I am sharing two ladies vest patterns from Dainty Work for Pleasure and Profit from 1902.


There are actually two vest patterns included, but only one was pictured, which is the one above.

It was a little too tricky to post all the images here for the pattern, since there were several pages, so I compiled a little PDF e-pattern you can view, save, and print here.  Feel free to use it for yourself, or use to make presents. .  Since I took the time to scan in original source for free,  the only thing I ask is that you don’t re-sell the pdf.  Thanks :)

Don’t forget that antique needles were different than modern needle sizes, so check out this conversion chart to find out more.  It looks like these would be about a size 3, but you should make a swatch to figure out what would work best.

Happy knitting!


New E-Pattern Day! Elsie- WWI Era Blouse



Somehow, in the midst of my crazy clothing line startup work, I’ve managed to get a new e-pattern finished!

From a vintage original, I have multisided this pattern to include sizes 32″-48″ bust.  You can find the new e-pattern here.







The clothing line is coming along quite well!  I can’t believe I forgot to post on my blog that we MET THE GOAL!!!  YIPPEE!!!!  So I’ve been working my little butt off getting things going.

If you pledged, I’ve been giving weekly updates via Kickstarter that should be arriving in your email inbox.  If you’ve missed them, you can go check them out here, on the Kickstarter updates.

Thanks  a bunch everyone!


1821 Fashions for November

Hello!  I’m peeking my head up for a moment from the crazy amount of work I’m doing on Wearing History Clothing to do a new blog post!


I was very fortunate to have gone to an AMAZING estate sale about 8 years or more ago.  It was a textile collector who lived in an old farm house.  One of those things you dream about!  Well, she had a four poster bed piled high with Victorian clothing, but I was particularly drawn to one book shelf which held volume after volume of bound years of Ladies’ Magazines… including Peterson’s and Godey’s.  Unfortunately, at the time I was pretty darn broke, and put myself in financial strain by buying four of them for… get this… $25 a piece.  Aah!  I know! Such a steal!  Why do they always come up when we shouldn’t be searching for treasures?  There were probably about ten of them left behind.

I got one Natural Form era one for one of my best friends, and there rest of my three for me- including this Lady’s Magazine from 1821.  It’s the earliest in my library which pictures actual garments (I have a sadly disintegrating one from 1800 with no  fashion plates, so it’s not as interesting to picture on the blog).

Well, it’s taken me that long to finally share a few of the images.

So, from nearly 200 years ago, here’s what was posted in the October issue of the magazine- featuring fashions for the next month.  You can click on the images for larger versions you an read and look at more closely.


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And a little closer in so you can see the great detail of these plates.

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Hope you enjoy them!




This is It! Only a few hours left to support Wearing History on Kickstarter!


This is it!  We’re counting down the hours!!

Perks of pre-ordering and pledging:

  • Discounts on e-patterns 
  • Limited edition tote bags, only available for Kickstarter supporters
  • Discounts on garment packages 
  • Free shipping if you’re in the USA 
  • I pay sales tax if you’re located in California. 

Don’t forget to share with your friends before it’s too late, so they can get the pre-order and pledge rewards, too!


Click here to visit my Kickstarter and support!

Ending Today! Wearing History Clothing Kickstarter!

Just a reminder that my Kickstarter campaign ends today!!!

The original goal was met, but there are still much needed tools!

I received feedback for more sizing, so that means meeting our stretch goals so that can happen!

A reminder, here’s the stretch goals.  To make more sizing happen, we have to meet the stretch goals!



Today is the last day to make this happen!!!  There’s only hours left to pledge and support!!

Please help by sharing the Kickstarter link with your friends.  Help get the word out!

Click here to visit the Wearing History Clothing Kickstarter!



Help Me Understand Our Sizing Needs By Taking Our Survey!

Hi everyone!

Wow, as I post this there’s only about 50 hours to go!  We’re getting SO close to the end!

I still have high hopes that we might meet the stretch goals and add to sizing.

In anticipation of meeting our stretch goals, I’ve created a survey that will help me chose the best dress form for our needs. Please help me out by taking this survey to see what the average needs and descriptions are of our followers and supporters is. Thank you!

I NEED YOUR HELP THESE LAST FEW DAYS- Don’t forget, we still need to reach $19,000 for the dress form needed to expand Misses’ sizing, $23,000 the dress form needed to introduce plus sizes.  Please help me reach that goal so I can accommodate the needs in the vintage clothing community by offering future styles in sizes that will fit a greater variety of people.  Please help by getting the word out about my Kickstarter by sharing with your friends via email, blog posts, Facebook, twitter, or any other ways you can!




Time is Running Out to Support!


Oh my!  The Kickstarter counter is down to hours!  Just 52 hours left to support me and help get tools that are much needed to expand the sizing for the next run of clothing!


We’re a little over $2,000 away from the first stretch goal.  I’m biting my fingernails!  I really hope we make it so I can accommodate more sizing with the next designs!


Don’t forget to pledge!  You can get limited edition tote bags in a design that is unique to the Kickstarter!  Outside pockets, a snap at center of the bag, and cute patriotic red, which and blue stripes!


Pre-ordering means you get discounts on any garments made with our signature print!  These are limited editions, so make sure you grab yours now at a discount!

Other reasons to pledge:

  • E-pattern discounts
  • Limited edition tote bags (while supplies last)
  • Discounts on all the signature print garments
  • Discounts on garment packages
  • Knowing you support independent design and business
  • Supporting us supports local business
  • Meeting the stretch goals means more sizes get made in the future

Please help us out!  Just a few days left!  ALL funds raised through Kickstarter will be going to business expenses and tools needed!!