This reproduction sewing pattern features a Ladies Dress - Closed at left side of front, with optional embroidered collar. Dress has contrast center panel, wide hem flounce, decorative bias trim bands and button detail. High or regulation waist.IMPORTANT NOTE:
This pattern is from the April 7, 1912, edition of French Fashion Magazine La Mode Illustree. 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, Silk, Broadcloth,
Lightweight Woolens, Wool Crepe, Pique
NO YARDAGE GIVEN - ALL YARDAGE IS APPROXIMATE
Dress As Shown:
60 Inch Wide Material With or Without Nap 2-1/2 to 3 Yards
Contrast Fabric (Including Flounce) 2 Yards
Bias Band Trim 1-1/2 inch strips by 9 yards long
If an embroidered collar is desired, fabric and embroidery floss will be required.
Hooks, Eyes and Snaps
16 Decorative or Covered Buttons
Velvet Ribbon for Belt and Neckline Bow
For a wonderful variation regarding construction of this dress, the following blog has great detail tips: Domestic News