Continuing on my series on making your own 1910s & WWI era wardrobe (with a focus on 1914-19), here are patterns for making your classic separates: blouses, skirts & suits.
The patterns I’ve included here are from pattern companies I’ve made items from, or have helped students or friends make items from, and can recommend on that basis.
I have not included pattern companies that I do not recommend, or pattern companies I have seen or tested in any way. I did not include patterns that are essentially modern blocks updated with a period aesthetic: I find that they rarely give the correct look.
Other posts in the series include:
Hope you find it helpful!
- Scroop Patterns: Selina Blouse (1913-19). A mid ‘teens blouse with detailed, fully-illustrated instructions.
- Wearing History: Edwardian 1910s blouse & guimpe: suitable for earlier 1910s impressions, and less up-to-date and fashionable later 1910s impressions.
- Wearing History: Elsie 1910s WWI blouse: a great mid-1910s blouse with period sewing instructions.
- Folkwear 1918 Armistice Blouse: I’m including this, but with caveats. The more I look at this pattern, and compare it to period originals, the more it looks to me like the pattern was either based off a modern block, or altered to fit modern standards and fit, and isn’t really an accurate pattern.
- New Vintage Lady ‘Gibson Girl’ Blouse & Skirt: A versatile 1910s pattern for bust sizes 40″-60″. The blouse is suitable for 1914 onwards, but the skirt is a slimmer style from ca 1912. I’ve linked to the paper pattern, but it’s also available as a PDF.
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1915 blouse with ruffled cuff (38” bust)
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1916 Russian blouse (38” bust)
- Wearing History 1909-1914 Cordelia Skirt
- Scroop Patterns Kilbirnie Skirt (1915-18). Detailed instructions and it goes perfectly with the Selina Blouse.
- Wearing History ca. 1917 Evelyn Skirt
- New Vintage Lady ‘Gibson Girl’ Blouse & Skirt: A versatile 1910s pattern for bust sizes 40″-60″. The blouse is suitable for 1914 onwards, but the skirt is a slimmer style from ca 1912.
- Patterns of Time: 1914 Ladies Tunic Skirt (24” Waist)
- Eva Dress 1917 plaited skirt (24” waist)
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1918 Skirt with Side Drapes (30” waist):
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1918 Seven Gored Skirt (30” waist)
- Vintage Pattern Lending Library: 1918 Ladies 2-piece skirt (26” waist)
- Wearing History 1912 Pleated Skirt (26″ Waist) (and the E-Pattern)
- Folkwear 1914 Metropolitan Suit: I’ve included this pattern, and the other Folkwear suit pattern, because I know people who love them both, however, I’ve not tried them myself, and not all of the Folkwear patterns I’ve tried have been accurate to their period.
- Past Patterns 1914 Misses Sailor Suit
- Folkwear 1915 Travelling Suit
- Wearing History 1916 Suit — Jacket — Skirt
A very handy list. Thank you.
You’re most welcome!
Just starting my functional 1910 wardrobe. Thanks so much for these wonderful resources!
I’ve made 2 Hint of History 1910 Shawl Collar Dresses. I am thrilled with the result. They look really swell with proper foundations. Now trying blouse and skirt.
Thanks! I didn’t include Hint of History, because to me they are modern pattern shapes with period details applied, and I really wanted to focus on patterns that really had an accurate cut. 🙂
A bound set of fashion magazines called “La Blouse” (yup, an entire magazine just for blouses!) from 1916 might help with ideas for period fabric, trim and accessories.
It also has lingerie, sweaters, a bit of nightwear, vests, and at-home gowns, but it’s mostly blouses and text descriptions thereof.
Love this blogpost. Thanks for writing it! I have been longing for the femininity and gentility of yesteryears. Will definitely be working on some sewing come this fall.