I am so excited to announce that Scroop Patterns is going to be collaborating with Amber of Virgil’s Fine Goods to create historically accurate 18th century (and, if those go well, Regency) patterns!
Historically accurate print-at-home PDF 18th century patterns have long been top of my costuming wish-list. Out here in NZ, ordering any of the ones from overseas takes weeks, and is extremely expensive. Even if you’re not so far-flung, PDF patterns means that you can buy, print, and get working on your item all within the same hour. (and yes, we’ll be doing paper patterns too!)
I’ve considered doing 18th century patterns for Scroop Patterns, but I don’t feel I have the depth of experience needed to make really amazing Georgian patterns: there aren’t enough 18th c garments in NZ for me to study, or experts to learn from. And I really wouldn’t want to do them unless I could be sure they were really, really good.
I thought about who did have the experience, and Amber was the obvious choice. She combines mantua-makers training with exquisite fit, beautifully made garments, and, most importantly, exceptional teaching skills.
I have learned so much from her blog and IG and Virgil’s Fine Goods & Lady of the Wilderness Facebook (her videos on draping sleeves for a 1778 Italian gown and then setting the sleeves on yourself were a total revelation – and her Letter to Costuming/Living History Newbies is super helpful).
So we’re combining Amber’s knowledge, and all the quality you’ve come to expect from Scroop Patterns, to make detailed, historically accurate, size-inclusive 18th century patterns! We think they’re going to be wonderful – and we hope you think so too!
We’re starting with an 1780s stays pattern, so that you have the foundation to build the rest of your wardrobe over. And then we’ve got so many more exciting plans!
Keep a watch out later today for our call for testers!