This replicated pattern is sized for a 7 - 9 Year Old/ approx. 24 inch
chest, 22 inch waist (This sizing is based on a child in 1894, for
accuracy, go by bust size not age)
This 1894 reproduction
sewing pattern features a gathered dress with puff sleeves with wide
cuffs, sailor collar and tie, and chemisette. Originally designed for
blue and white checked wool with contrast collar, cuffs, chemisette and
tie. Contrast was also used to trim center of belt.
model (pink dress) shows tucks along the hemline rather than bias trim
as the pattern suggests. Photo #5 and #6 (close detail of pleating and
tucks) show this dress during construction.
SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Plain or printed linen, Pique, Silk Plaids, Gingham, Cotton, Light Woolens.
source material from which these early patterns are replicated contain
much less information than the more modern patterns from the 1920's and
Patterns and fashion journals published during these
eras presumed that the home seamstress possessed sufficient skills to
construct a garment without detailed directions. As a result, patterns
for facings, linings and other details - such as instructions on how to
create trims, are sketchy at best -- and usually non-existent. It is
very important when sewing to make a fitting mock-up of the pattern out
of muslin or other waste fabric, and make all of the adjustments for
your individual figure on the mock-up.
This pattern was originally published in La Mode Illustree, May 1894