1912 Ladies Pleat Front Blouse with Optional Soutache Trim - 34 Inch Bust

1912 Ladies Pleat Front Blouse with Optional Soutache Trim - 34 Inch Bust

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This replicated sewing pattern is sized to fit a 34 inch bust.

As originally printed in La Mode Illustree, March 31, 1912, this classic blouse features tucks and pleats at front with center panel that can be embellished as desired with soutache trim, lace of embroidery. Piped seaming at shoulder, down sleeve and along collar give this a refined, feminine look. Great information regarding construction for this blouse can be found here:


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, Taffeta, Voile


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