Today’s post came about in a rather unexpected way. About a month ago, a member reached out and asked for my help in finding sewing patterns to create an entire outfit. They were unsure the best place to start and how to look at a sewing pattern and figure out if it could be used to create a specific item. After spending a bit of time looking, I was able to find a variety of patterns and with great success!
They found this so helpful that I thought I would do the same thing for all members! I found four images from the 19th century and found as many patterns as I could to recreate the entire look (minus hair.) While there are a few specific patterns I have personally never used, I am very familiar with all the companies chosen and have been quite pleased. A few patterns and courses from this membership have also been linked below The patterns range in skill from moderate beginner to more advanced. I also included patterns for undergarments to make sure that you are able to to achieve the proper look for each outfit. Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have! 🙂
Now on to the looks!
1805 – Regency Era
A lovely day gown which features elbow length sleeves, gathered v-neckline, a cap with veil, and reticule.
1810’s Fashion Plate
Gown: Pattern – just shorten sleeves if desired
Cap: Option 1 Option 2 A veil of lace or organdy can be added if desired.
This is a classic example of 1850’s women’s fashion. While this fashion plate shows a simple skirt, one can do a tired skirt if desired.
1855 Fashion Plate. Adult Gown Only
Underpinnings: Petticoat Stays Drawers and Petticoat Corset
Bonnet (Not shown): Pattern Part 1 Pattern Part 2
This whole image is a great example of late 1860’s fashion for two reasons. First, the gown has a long elliptical shaped underskirt showing the shift in style, as well as the large fake braid on top of the woman’s head. Both are hallmarks of the first bustle era.
Underpinnings: Petticoat Bustle Corset pattern from above can also be used for this time period.
Skirt: Underskirt Overskirt
Bodice: Pattern Option 1 Pattern Option 2
While I have not made many Edwardian style gowns, I adore the style. These two ladies are wearing very classic day wear for middle to upper middle class women. Pattern for the jacket worn by the young lady sitting is given below.
Underpinnings: Chemise Corset Petticoat
Accessories: Collars and Cuffs