Recreating the Look – 1810-1890

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

Underpinnings:  Pattern

Chemisette:  Pattern

Gown:  Pattern – just shorten sleeves if desired

Cap:     Option 1       Option 2     A veil of lace or organdy can be added if desired.

Reticule:  Pattern



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

Bodice: Pattern Pattern

Skirt: Pattern

Headpiece:  Pattern

Undersleeves:  Pattern

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

Blouse: Pattern

Skirt: Pattern

Jacket: Pattern

Accessories: Collars and Cuffs


While a person can draft their own patterns, sometimes it is nice to have one ready to go …especially with a the sewing bug bites!

I hope you enjoy and have found this helpful!  Let me know if you need any help with the techniques used for these patterns.

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