My Fave 5 Friday – Theatrical Patterns

Welcome to this week’s of My Fave 5 Friday. For this installment, I will share my top 5 favorite Theatrical patterns that I have used, so far (I own a ton that I haven’t had a chance to use yet, so these may change later. lol). As I still am too broke to attend Costume College and join in on all of the wonderful costuming fun, I will just share some of favorite pattern. So, without further ado, here we go!

#5 – Period Impressions 1770’s Polonaise with Petticoat

Image from my costume project page
Image from my costume project page

I fell in love with pattern almost 20 years ago, and determined to eventually buy it. I finally go my wish in 2009, as a birthday gift from my mom. Then, later that year, when the hubby proposed to me, I decided that this was to be my wedding dress in a dark green with white petticoat. Well, after a couple of comments from the (now) hubby of how he just didn’t think an 18th century gentlemen’s waistcoat and jacket would go with his family kilt, my dress changed, and the pattern got filed away. Then, our costume group put together an 18th century ball for the following winter, and I was finally able to use this pattern. I have since used it several times, and still love it.

#4 – Laughing Moon #100 Ladies Victorian Underwear

Image and pattern found here
Image and pattern found here

When it came time for make a proper Victorian ensemble, this was the pattern I picked for the undergarments. The finished garments are just lovely. I used the Dore corset pattern. The only issue I had was that the pattern size ran a bit large, but it is easily fixed. Having made a couple of these, and with another one planned for the very near future, I highly recommend this pattern.

#3  – Mantua-Maker 1800-1820 Regency Stays

Image and pattern found here
Image and pattern found here

This pattern is a staple for my Regency sewing. I have made several sets of Regency stays for myself, and my daughters, and this is always the pattern I reach for when making long stays. The instructions are wonderful, and I had no issues the first time I made a set. I even had a set that no longer fit me, that was in such great shape after several years of wear and tear, that I was able to pass them on to a close friend.

#2 – Folkwear Patterns #203 Edwardian Underthings

Image and pattern found here
Image and pattern found here

I recently had the time to finally put this pattern to use. I love it! The garments turn out so lovely, and the instructions are very clear and detailed. Everyone who has seen the finished garments have been enthralled with them. The extra details on the garments (inset lace and pintucks) really make them look fabulous. I will absolutely be making another set, or two.

And here is my….

#1 – Wearing History # R113 Elsie 1910’s WWI Era Blouse

Image and pattern found here
Image and pattern found here

This quickly became my new, most favorite pattern! I love this blouse. I ordered it to go with her 1910’s Suit Pattern, and I’m glad I did. It is very elegant, and helps to make the costume I made it for. I will say that this pattern is not for the beginning seamstress, and my prior knowledge of garment construction definitely came in handy, but it is well worth it. If you are good with garment/blouse/shirt construction, this will be a breeze to put together. I purchased the e-pattern, and with putting the pattern together, cutting out the pattern and fabric, and construction, it took me less than 8 hours total. I will most definitely be using it again, especially since I have already purchased fabric for two more.

So, there you have my Fave 5. Please comment to tell me your’s. The comment button is just under the post title I would love to hear about some patterns that I may not have heard of, or had a chance to try yet.


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