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New Sewing Patterns For WWI Era Goodness.

I’ve been a busy little bee!

Still working in the background on Wearing History Clothing, but I’ve managed to set aside a little time to work on sewing patterns I promised.

Firstly, the Elsie WWI Era Blouse is now available as a mailed, printed pattern where I previously only had it available as an e-pattern.


Printed Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/elsie-1910s-wwi-era-blouse-pattern/
E-Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/e-pattern-elsie-1910s-wwi-era-blouse/

And for under it all, the new 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise


Printed Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/circa-1917-combination-underwear-chemise-pattern/
E-Pattern: http://www.wearinghistorypatterns.com/e-pattern-circa-1917-combination-underwear-chemise/

Happy sewing!


1910s Suit A Long- Original Fashion Illustration + Badge


Today I’m hoping to get some good pattern work done on the 1910s Suit Pattern, so we can start the sew-a-long sooner rather than later.  To keep me motivated I needed a little artistic inspiration.

I just so happen to have the original magazine the 1910s Suit Pattern was featured in!  It appeared in the April, 1916 issue of McCall’s Magazine!


I made us a few little images.  If you wish to participate, you can add these icons to your blog or page, if you wish.  Feel free to save them.



or if you prefer, you can add this one and link to our Facebook group.

1910fbgroupI really hope we can get started in the  next few weeks.  I do have some corrections I need to make to the original pattern before we can get to grading.  I’m hoping to have those corrections finished up this week, with another week or so in production after that before I can offer the pattern up.

Thanks for joining along!


New Pattern Time! 1940’s Hats + How to Tie a Turban Video


I just finished up another new pattern!  YAY!


I’ve called this one the 1940’s Hat Wardrobe because that’s pretty much what it is!  It’s got all your basic 1940’s hats needs covered.

Perfect vintage hats to fit a variety of situations.  The beret and fedora look great with suits and separates.  The looped turban is dressy enough for dresses.  The wrapped turban is a great option for sportswear or for the WWII factory working gal.


I made the beret out of a wool/rayon felt I bought at a local quilt shop.

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The fedora is also made from felt.  The decoration was my invention- the original pattern calls for just a simple tied ribbon.  Perhaps if you want a blog tutorial I’ll show you how to make this trimming.

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I made the looped turban from a vintage taffeta.  This one is super fun!

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The wrapped turban is perfect for the WWII Home Front!  I made mine from a reproduction quilting cotton with little kitty cats on it.

Thanks to Fat Quarters Quilt Shop for stocking such darling fabrics and great felts!

 If you think tying a turban is beyond your skills- it’s not!  They’re really simple, especially when you sew the base from the pattern.  Check out the video that I made that shows you how!

You can buy the mailed, printed pattern here, or if you’d rather print it yourself at home, you can buy the e-pattern here.

Happy Sewing!

In 2014- Wearing History goes 1910s-WWI Era

I’m so excited about some of what I have in store for you this year!  I’m gathering things together and prepping patterns to be made into Wearing History Resto-vival patterns from original period source materials.  Here’s a peek at some of which I’ll have in store for you this year, God willing.

There will be a WWI era suit, circa 1916, that could easily transition into ladies uniforms with a little ingenuity.


Video Blog: About “Sophie” and Victorian Patterns


Oh my goodness, I am SO THANKFUL for your comments and feedback you have given me!  I am still on a “learning curve” with these videos, but I am glad you seem to be enjoying them.

In this video, I talk about the new “Sophie” jacket pattern, as well as the 1880’s Dinner Bodice pattern I have online.  You will see original period source material from the Victorian era, and learn a little about how I take this original material and put it together into my patterns.  I hope you learn something new, and enjoy the video!

Thank you for your time, and please feel free to “share” this video online with your friends :)

Hugs, and have a great weekend!


Sample Photos! New 1930s Blouse & Bias Skirt Pattern

I have some photos to share with you of my newly made samples of the brand new 1930s blouse and skirt pattern that’s now released!!

I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this pattern!  I think it will be one of my basic go-to patterns for vintage wardrobe basics.  Between this and the Smooth Sailing pattern, my separates wardrobe is covered!

The blouse takes SO well to the cute printed cottons.  I know what I’m making more of when I come across printed cottons I don’t want to pass up.  I’d also love to try the long sleeve version in a more cuddly fabric- maybe a soft wool blend- with a zip up the front for the sporty look.  The pattern does allow for a zip-front blouse!

Although not the most flattering pic of me, this picture shows how fabulous the drape of the skirt is!  The pattern envelope shows the skirt a bit more form fitting, but I was so thrilled that it hangs loosely.  The bias makes it feel so comfy and flowy.  I really think I need one in wool, one in satin, and maybe a few more in linen, like this one is.

The skirt actually runs on the long side for the “street length”.  The sample I’m wearing I shortened three inches, and it’s still long (and I’m a bit taller than average).  But hey, don’t forget, bias skirts of pretty much the exact same cut were popular in the 1940s as well (pre-rationing), so if you want to make this work for 40s, just shorten the skirt a bit more.  It would transition great between decades!

Here’s the original pattern image again, so you can compare sample photos with the illustration.

If you missed the prior post with more info on the pattern, don’t forget to check it out!

This pattern is available as both a wide format, mailed pattern, and as a downloadable e-pattern.

You buy the printed skirt and blouse combo here.  It’s available ONLY through me, because this pattern takes up way too much paper to be offer it thorough any of my lovely pattern vendors who stock my line (woe!).  But, I’m cutting you a bit of a deal that way, so if you think you’ll want both pieces down the line, order the set.

You can buy the printed blouse pattern here.

You can buy the printed skirt here.

E-patterns for the blouse and skirt separately are available for $9.99 each.  But be forewarned, this is a mighty big pattern pack, so the pattern sheet alone (not including instructions) takes up a whopping 40 pages each!

You can buy the E-pattern for the blouse here.

You can buy the E-pattern for the skirt here.

New E-Pattern! 1879 Victorian Dinner Bodice

I’m SO excited to announce the latest E-Pattern! Yay!

The newest pattern is a Victorian dinner bodice from the Natural Form era.  It is from an original antique period pattern, from March, 1879.  This is the first time Wearing History has delved into Victorian era clothing patterns :)

Originally made in faille & pompadour cloth, this bodice would be STUNNING for your Victorian era impression, your steampunk ensemble, or, as some ladies on my Wearing History Facebook page mentioned, it would even be fun in our modern era as a jacket over jeans!

This pattern has been “decoded” from original period source material.  In case you’ve never seen the old patterns as they were originally published in periodicals of the time, this is the pattern sheet which this pattern came from:

The patterns were in single sizes (not multi-size), with all garment patterns included in that issue overlapping one another.  The dressmaker would then trace out the pieces for their garment, as indicated in the legend on the side, by following different dotted line markings.  Luckily for you, I have done this hard work for you (as they DO make you go a bit cross eyed), so you can jump right in to mock up making or resizing, as needed.  The pattern is digitally drawn so is clean and crisp, and follows the original period pattern lines.

Included with this pattern is the original written period pattern instructions, transcribed from the original source material, as well as some added tips to help you with making your mock up and things to keep in mind while fitting.

You can purchase the E-pattern for this 1879 Victorian Dinner Bodice on my website now for $7.

Visit my site for more information on this new E-Pattern!

I’m hoping to offer more lovely Victorian and Edwardian patterns from original period sources in the future :)