Pattern Preview! Cordelia- Circa 1909-1914 Edwardian Skirt

Hello!  Happy Saturday!

I’ve been hard at work getting these pattern previews together and working like mad to get these new releases out soon!  I’d like to announce the first official preview of one of the two upcoming Edwardian-1910s patterns I have coming soon!

This is the “Cordelia” skirt, in homage of it’s romantic nature, and the name was inspired by Anne’s dream name.  It also means “‘jewel of the sea”, which I found quite fitting for the Titanic centennial this year.

This skirt is suitable for both daytime and evening lengths and includes a slight sweep, rounded train, square train, or pointed train.  The front of this skirt can be accented by tucks or left to fall smoothly from high waist to hem.

The skirt is in the Edwardian “directoire” style, and meant to fall gracefully from the top of the fitted interior waistband, skim the waist and the hips, and fall gracefully to the floor.  It is not meant to be fitted at the natural waist, but is fitted to the top of the raised waistband.

If you’d like to learn more about this pattern, please read the new pattern listing page for “Cordelia” on my website.

I’ve also been posting pattern sample photos to my Facebook page for Wearing History. Make sure you visit over there and “like” me to keep up with happenings.

*Update 6/2012- Cordelia got put on the backburner due to some patternmaking issues- this pattern is VERY large, cut in one giant piece for the skirt, larger than the pattern paper it is printed on and requires more than 60″ of fabric width to be cut in one continuous piece above the original size in my possession, which makes grading and pattern layouts a challenge when doing it for a variety of sizes.  It will be available in a single size pattern as a “reproduction” coming soon, hopefully within the next month. I will have more single size reproduction patterns from this era and earlier in the plans for the future as well, so these fashion history treasures can continue to be made in our present times.  These older patterns will have very minimal changes and the style lines will be intact, meant to be worn over period corsetry, and instructions will be text only, as per the original instruction sheets.  Upper intermediate to advanced skill is recommended.

Apologies that this pattern did not pan out as planned.  I hope that the future single size reproduction patterns of these earlier eras will be exciting to those interested in this period of fashion history.


8 Comments on Pattern Preview! Cordelia- Circa 1909-1914 Edwardian Skirt

  1. Sean MacKenzie
    March 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm (12 years ago)

    Oh, I love it! Cordelia is the perfect name for it. This really is so Anne Shirley!!

  2. Beth
    March 3, 2012 at 12:20 pm (12 years ago)

    I love the train options! Count me in if/when this goes on Pre-sale!

  3. Faith Grubb
    March 3, 2012 at 4:13 pm (12 years ago)

    You have won the Versatile Bloggers Award!
    I am just a young seamstress from Texas. If you’d like go to my blog here: to find out more about the Award.

    Thank you for the great tips and help you have here on your blog. I LOVE the 40s and 50s clothing and have been making some myself. Thank you, Lauren!

  4. Laurie
    March 3, 2012 at 5:40 pm (12 years ago)

    How beautiful! When I read your name for the skirt in the previous post the other day, “Cordelia,” I was thinking of Anne!

  5. Meg
    March 3, 2012 at 10:32 pm (12 years ago)

    It’s gorgeous! The samples are just breathtaking (ditto the model!)…I love how many options you’ve included in this pattern. It looks so versatile. Congrats on yet another beautiful pattern!

  6. Casey
    March 4, 2012 at 2:56 am (12 years ago)

    Gorgeous! I’m loving the elegant, black skirt with the train especially… You really outdid yourself with these new patterns, Lauren! :)

  7. StephC
    March 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm (12 years ago)

    This is cool- I’ll be really interested to feast my eyes on the shapes of the pattern pieces and the construction techniques. Very interesting! I’m imagining that a skirt like this could fit well into my wardrobe, I do love a nice long skirt…

    Maybe I have a use for that weird colored not-quite-candy pink sateen now… ;)

  8. LollyWillowes
    March 5, 2012 at 1:11 am (12 years ago)

    Lovely. I’d happily dress like this everyday, well I would if it was practical or I had a maid to do all the work! I often wonder how they managed to do everything they did in these garments, corsets etc. Was it hampering or were they just used to it so didn’t much notice.

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