Sized to fit a 36 Inch Bust - This is a reproduction sewing pattern:
From about the 1898 - 1899 period, this waist shows many of the design lines that would hold sway until about 1909. It features deep tucks running from the front shoulders to the lower edge of the waistline in the back. The lower edge of the front is gathered to produce the full "pigeon breast" look so favored in this period. This garment features an optional high collar, long cuffs and a chemisette - a type of modesty panel (or dickey) which is set inside the waist. IMPORTANT NOTE:
The source material from which these early patterns are replicated from contain much less information than the more modern patterns from the 1920's and 1930's.
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. Most of the time sizes and yardage information is also unavailable.
In order to make these early patterns easier to use, we have dropped in grain lines, seam allowances, and clarified markings on the patterns as much as possible. Included with each of the patterns are any and all text and instructions that were available in the original source material.
Be aware that all of these patterns run small compared to our modern bodies, and were drafted with the understanding that "proper" undergarments/and corsets would be worn underneath. Armholes especially tend to be much tighter and smaller than modern garments.
It is very important when sewing these items 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.
SUGGESTED MATERIALS: Linen, Cotton, Crepe, Silk,Broadcloth, Pique, Materials For Size Shown:
44 Inch Wide Material - Without Nap 2-1/2 Yards OPTIONAL CHEMISETTE & CUFF
18 Inch Wide All Over Lace 3/4 Yard
Banding For Trimming As Shown - 1-3/4 Yards