1912 Waist In Four Styles - 36 Inch Bust

1912 Waist In Four Styles - 36 Inch Bust

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Sized to fit a 36 Inch Bust - This reproduction sewing pattern is transcribed from the original source material:

Ladies' Waist:  Consisting of a tucked over blouse with body and sleeve in one.  Collar in square or pointed outline at the back, and with or without the postillion.  Full length or shorter  one-seam Sleeve with or without cuff, and a French Lining with high or open neck.

To be made as a separate waist or attached to a skirt in semi-princess style.


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, Canton Crepe, Rough Crepe,Silk

Waist With Elbow Length Sleeve:            
44 Inch Wide Material (Without Nap)                                            2-1/8 Yards
27 Inch Wide Material For Cuffs And Sailor Collar                         3/4 Yard
18 Inch Wide Lace Or Net For Collar, Yoke and Under Sleeve      7/8 Yard   
Waist With Full Length Sleeve:              
44  Inch Wide Material (Without Nap)                           2-1/8 Yards
18 Inch Wide Lace Or Net For Collar and Yoke                7/8 Yard
Other Requirements:              
20 Inch Or Wider Material For Postilion               1/2 Yard
20 Inch Or Wider Material For Girdle Belt            3/4 Yard

4 Stars
Pattern Review
This pattern was easy to work with and easily altered for use with modern undergarments. The back of the waist was on the short side, while the front was a bit long. I lengthened the "elbow length" guimpe sleeves. The instructions for the "guimpe as french lining" seemed confusing, but I ended up not needed those instructions since I made the guimpe separate with buttons down the back so it would also work with other dresses. I sewed the waist to a skirt to make it into a dress. The instructions do not have illustrations and aren't as helpful as modern "Big 4" patterns (as stated below), but seemed fine to me, although I am experienced enough to get along without them. I made this pattern for a 38" bust, 30" waist and it fit without major alterations.
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Reviewed by:  from Illinois. on 2/9/2010

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