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1900s 1910s Edwardian Brassiere Bra- Size 38" Bust Pattern

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC106

Paper Pattern- MAILED TO YOU


Circaa 1913 Brassiere

One Size Only- Size 38" Bust.  No cup size given


An exceptionally rare 1913 pattern for a brassiere to be worn with underbust corsets.

This pattern can be made either with a "plaited front" or a "plain front."  Boning is optional.  This pattern has been remastered from an original Butterick pattern from 1913.  Please be aware that bras were in their infancy and do not give support like modern equivalents. This is to smooth the bust line and help achieve the period accurate silhouette.


- ADVANCED Difficulty -


Advanced difficulty.  Included are original period instructions that are text only and very minimal.  You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques.  Adventurous intermediate sewers may be able to accomplish this pattern.



This is from an original Butterick period pattern from 1913.

Archive Couture patterns are an exercise for one’s skills, and an adventure into understanding sewing from antique patterns.  Please read more details about this pattern below.  This antique pattern has not been tested for fit or construction.


-Size and Yardage-

This pattern is available in one size only.  Size 38" bust.  No cup size is provided.  Alterations will most likely be necessary.

o estimate yardage.




  • A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.  
  • Very basic original text-only sewing instructions 
  • Seam allowances
  • - - What Is NOT Included With This Pattern - -

As per the "About Archive Couture Patterns" paragraph below, what is not included is standard of patterns of this age.

  • NO sewing illustrations.  You must be familiar with how to put a garment together using pattern shapes and garment illustration.
  • NO finishing techniques
  • NO trim placement.  You must get creative with your lace and trims.
  • NO closure placement.


    • - - About Archive Couture Patterns - -

Archive Couture patterns are of Advanced Difficulty and recommended for those who are familiar with putting patterns together with little to no instruction, and who are familiar with pattern alterations for fit. These patterns are have been taken from original historical source materials. These sources may include diagrams, overlapping patterns in magazine issues, early tissue paper patterns, or other period source material. The source material was used by experienced home sewists, dressmakers, or tailors of the period from which they are derived. These patterns were only available only in single sizes, with details such as grain lines or buttonholes most often unmarked. Wearing History has clarified markings (where given) and supplied tips for working with these historical patterns. You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book on hand to help with construction and fitting. Archive Couture patterns follow the period shapes of the original period source material, maintaining the historical accuracy and fit of the completed garment. Fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry. Fit and proportion of these patterns are different than modern costume patterns and may require alteration to fit your modern body, even when wearing period style foundations. Several mock ups may be required to achieve ideal fit. We believe these patterns should not be lost to time or languish in historical archives, but be made available for historical sewing enthusiasts of today.





This pattern is formatted for USA Letter Size and A4 sized paper. You will need to print this pattern to 100% scale. Open the "READ-ME-FIRST" File for instructions on printing and piecing your pattern. 

This pattern is tiled into letter sized paper. This pattern file is formatted to fit on both sizes of paper, and there will be varying thicknesses of white border, which will be cut off, according to pattern instructions. 

You will print these documents on your home printer, cut, and tape them together, to form a larger pattern layout. Then you cut and use your pattern just as you would a normal home sewing pattern. 

This pattern comes in a ZIP folder that must be decompressed to use, and uses a LOT of paper. 

*****The pattern uses 15 pages of paper*****


  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 
  • 9 pages for the sewing pattern
  • 5 pages for the instructions

15 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed to print this pattern.
You can read the sewing instructions on your computer to reduce paper use.




You will receive this e-pattern after payment is marked as "completed".  If ordering with mailed product there may be a slight delay in delivery.

This pattern is also available as a mailed, wide format paper pattern. You can find it in my shop.


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