Wearing History is an awesome, Indie pattern and ready-made clothing company. Lauren is the owner and designer, and runs everything by herself. She provides a variety of patterns in eras from the Victorian Era through the 1940’s. Her patterns come in print and in e-pattern form. Her patterns lines are the Signature Style and Resto-vival. The Signature Style line are patterns that she has drafted based on period sources with step-by-step instructions, and the Resto-vival line are patterns that have been reproduced from original patterns with original sewing instructions.
Signature Style Patterns
1005 Edwardian Era Blouse and Guimpe – Coming soon!
R101 Cordelia Skirt Circa 1909-1914 – Coming soon!
R109 1910’s Suit Pattern – Highly Recommended
This is a pattern that I do highly recommend, but for those with intermediate to advanced sewing skills along with a basic knowledge of garment construction. For a beginner sewer, this pattern may cause a lot of confusion and frustration. It does come with the original 1916 sewing instructions, with added instructions from Lauren, but it will still be a very large challenge for a beginner. That being said, I was gifted with some lovely wool suiting that screamed to be made into something, and this pattern just clicked with the fabric. The skirt construction is basic, with an inner waistband, instead of a waistband attached to the top of the skirt. The jacket construction is basic, for the most part, but does get tricky with it comes to the collar. There are 3 styles of collar offered with this pattern, and I went with the notched collar with the sailor collar in the back. This collar does have to be constructed carefully, as the sailor collar does come out onto the lapel area, and you must tuck and hand sew this section down to hide the raw edges. There is a tutorial for this on the Wear History blog, and helps greatly with the process. In fact, there are a number of tutorial posts for this pattern, and all are very detailed and helpful. If you are familiar with garment construction, you can easily line the jacket. However, as I over heat easily, and this is made of wool, I did not line mine. As far as sizing, this pattern does seem to run a little large. I cut my pattern to the size recommended for my measurements, but when measuring the skirt pieces, I found that I had to cut it down a size. I did leave the jacket pattern at the size I cut, and the only adjustment I think I will need to make is to take a tad off the length of the sleeves, and that may be because I’m short. All in all, I love this pattern, and will most definitely be using it again, in the near future.
R112 Circa 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise – Coming soon!
R113 Elsie 1910’s Blouse – Highly Recommended
This a pattern that I do recommend, but for intermediate to advanced sewers, as this does come with the original sewing instructions, which are very brief. If you have put together shirts before, you should do okay with this pattern. It does go together very well, and very quickly, and has a beautiful finished look. This pattern contains 8 pieces, but you will only use 7 pieces, as it includes 2 cuff options depending on the sleeve length you pick. You make only use 6 pieces if you decided to use ribbon tape on the inside for the waist stay, instead of cutting self-fabric for it. I did decide on the ribbon tape option. As with the 1910’s Suit pattern, this pattern does seem to run a little large, but it’s perfectly fine, especially if you like your blouses a little on the baggie side. The only issue I encountered was with the cuffs. The size I cut, per my measurements, was very large. I fixed this by just detaching the cuffs, flipping the wrong side out, and cutting them down to the smallest size, which will fit a wrist measuring 7 1/2″ around. Once they were re-sewn, and re-attached, they fit perfectly. I will be making a couple more of these blouse, and may even make a longer version to wear with jeans.