I’m just in beginning stages of testing the original pattern of this 1910s suit pattern I hope to have out next.
This pattern will be a Resto-Vival pattern, meaning it will be very close to the original period source. I plan on multi-sizing it after I check the pattern with my muslin mock up. Included with this pattern will be the original, period, VERY limited instructions that are mostly text only. The original instructions were on the back cover, so you can see how limited they were.
My question is this… I can wait, and prolong the pattern release until I finish my final version of this suit, OR we can do a sew-a-long.
If we do a sew-a-long, I can do blog posts of all the steps I use to create, in weekly or bi-weekly installments. That way, you can follow along and create your garment at the same time. At the end, we’ll all have wearable 1910s suits!
So, what do you think? Would you be interested in a sew-a-long? It would be quite a lot of work to photograph and blog, but if enough are interested, we can do it!
We may be able to even create a Facebook group, so you can photograph your process and we can get some collective dialogue on the process and input from one another. Creating a group where we could all sort of blend minds would probably be of great help with fitting, etc. while in the mock up phase- because there will be even more people with knowledge of problem solving for unique figures.
If you are, please comment below. And if you have friends that are interested, share with them, too!
m. g. BetzFebruary 4, 2014 at 6:02 pm (9 years ago)
I’d be very interested, if a Plus Size (to fit 50″ bustline) was available. VERY interested. Probably would wear this to work :) Along with a Steam Punk version.
AlisonFebruary 4, 2014 at 6:34 pm (9 years ago)
+1 for being interested if a plus size was available!
LaurenFebruary 5, 2014 at 8:58 am (9 years ago)
I’m sorry, I don’t know how to grade from misses to plus size. It’s not the same as just enlarging- the proportions are different, so we’d need a different base than what the original sewing pattern was available in. I wish I knew more! It would probably be best for plus sizes to do their own adjustments for their unique figures. You can start with the misses size pattern as a base, but there will probably need to be some adjustments. Thanks for the input!
SuzanneFebruary 4, 2014 at 6:58 pm (9 years ago)
Musing now about what i’ve got in my stash that might be suitable…
Gina WhiteFebruary 4, 2014 at 7:15 pm (9 years ago)
Oh my gosh yes yes yes!!! I would love to do a sew along with this pattern! It is seriously fun!! I saw that you were thinking about making it into a pattern for sale and got seriously excited!! Yeah!!!
ChandraFebruary 4, 2014 at 7:17 pm (9 years ago)
I would like the pattern to be available sooner rather than later, so I am for a sew a long!
Mistress of DisguiseFebruary 4, 2014 at 8:57 pm (9 years ago)
Ooo, I’d definitely be interested! I’ve been meaning to get more into Teens fashion this year, and this would be just the thing to get me there! :D
DeaFebruary 4, 2014 at 9:18 pm (9 years ago)
Ooh that would be fun! Should I aim to have my stays finished before attempting this? Because early 19teens corset is on my list of things to do on the soonish side.
MaryFebruary 4, 2014 at 10:54 pm (9 years ago)
This looks more WWI era to me, although I’d be curious to know the actual date.
littleblackcarFebruary 5, 2014 at 6:42 am (9 years ago)
This looks like it’s in the 1915-1919 range, but my guess is that, realistically, a lot of women in 1918 were still wearing early teens corsets. I certainly have clothes that are 5-10 years old. The silhouette is a little different but wouldn’t prevent her from wearing it with this.
LaurenFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:00 am (9 years ago)
The original pattern is from 1916. I found it in a McCalll magazine I own :) So yes, WWI era (though America wasn’t involved until 1918).
You can use a 1910s corset just fine. Jen of Festive Attyre has a free corset pattern available on her blog.
I would recommend making the corset before the suit, because you’ll want it fitted to your shape with the corset.
Which reminds me… I have to find mine. I know it’s around here somewhere!
MaryFebruary 4, 2014 at 10:47 pm (9 years ago)
I would love to do a sewalong for this. I love all the details in this suit.
HeleneFebruary 4, 2014 at 11:44 pm (9 years ago)
I’m certainly interested. I’m sure it can be incooperated to suit the Historical Fortnightly challenge. I guess it’s WWI era, later than 1914 anyway. But it still falls into the timeframe of my sewing plans for this year.
TurinaFebruary 5, 2014 at 12:27 am (9 years ago)
I am interested also. So would we use the one size you have currently and grade up ourselves? Love the waistband on the skirt.
LaurenFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:01 am (9 years ago)
Glad you’re interested! The suit will be multi-size. I’m anticipating probably a 32″-42″ bust will be available. I will know more as I get more involved in the project :)
Catherine SiemannFebruary 5, 2014 at 12:52 am (9 years ago)
As someone whose skill level isn’t there yet, I’d love to spectate; and then it’ll be there if/when I get to the point that I can attempt this.
AlisonFebruary 5, 2014 at 6:30 am (9 years ago)
New reader here! I would love to do a sew along on this suit.
LaurenFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:02 am (9 years ago)
Welcome! Glad you found my blog!
littleblackcarFebruary 5, 2014 at 6:45 am (9 years ago)
On the fence: Okay, I really would like to do a sew-along but I’m going to have a lot of travel disruptions and sewing deadlines this year so I can’t promise I’d get my homework done on time, so to speak. Definitely interested in the pattern, though.
LaurenFebruary 5, 2014 at 9:02 am (9 years ago)
No problem! If we do the sew-a-long, the blog posts will remain up, so you could refer back to them whenever you get around to making yours.
quinnmburgessFebruary 5, 2014 at 8:09 am (9 years ago)
Sounds like a fun idea, though I’ve got a lot of other sewing things on my plate for the next few months so I don’t think it would be a good idea for my sanity for me to participate. If you go ahead with it I’ll look forward to seeing your posts and everyone’s versions of the suit.
SharonFebruary 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)
I already have a repro skirt of this era, but I’d be down for the jacket!
Jacqueline JohnsonFebruary 5, 2014 at 1:15 pm (9 years ago)
I would love to do a sew-along for this outfit! I am putting together a talk on Women in WWI, and I am very new to this time period. I feel very blessed to have found your site. Thank you! Jacquie
SharonFebruary 5, 2014 at 4:58 pm (9 years ago)
I would love to do a sew-a-long. I am just dipping my toe into period sewing with a focus on 1910 -1920’s — I am also looking to refocus my lonely little blog and this would fit with that as well
LynnFebruary 6, 2014 at 6:32 pm (9 years ago)
I love this suit, and would love to do a sew-along, although I have never done one before.
JosieFebruary 26, 2014 at 10:44 am (9 years ago)
Yes please! That is a great idea.