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1910s Suit- Jacket- Skirt- Pattern Circa 1916

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Wearing History #R109

1910's Suit Pattern

Circa 1916

Multi-Size, Bust 34"-46", Waist 24"-36"

Intermediate-Advanced Sewing Skill Recommended

Many thanks to @sophia___khan on Instagram for her gorgeous photos!


A Resto-Vival pattern from the WWI or Great War period and is suitable for looks from 1915-1920.

The Jacket is cut very full and pulls in to the waist with the belt.  

All Sizes Included in This Pattern

Sizes are to the original size specifications of the time period.

Take all measurements over period foundations or corsetry you plan to wear with this garment.

Size     34   36   38   40   42   44   46
Bust 34 36 38 40 42 44 46
Waist 24 26 28 30 32 34 36
Hip 37 39 41 43 45 47 49

The Jacket Features:

  • Collar options of notched at front and pleated or unpleated at the back, or "plain" or shawl collar.  
  • Both collar options are squared at the back, similar to a "sailor" collar.
  • Optional shaped pockets and cuffs
  • Cut in two lengths- either a shorter jacket with no pockets, or a longer jacket.
  • Easily adaptable to WWI era looks!
  • Paired with a slim skirt, the jacket can carry you into the early 1920s looks.

The Skirt Features:

  • A high waist, hitting about 2" above the natural waistline.
  • An A-Line cut that falls from the top of an fitted interior waistband (not fitted at natural waist)
  • Fastens at the front, under the stitched overlap which can be accented with buttons.  
  • A fun shaped decorative applied waistband that can be accented with buttons.
  • Gathers at the back, peeking out from under the applied waistband
  • Cut in two lengths- a shorter length that is perfect for WWI, or a longer length that can work for earlier Edwardian styles.

This pattern includes original period instructions which are very minimal and mostly text only.

You can join along in progress posts on my blog for photos of how this goes together!  We also have a Facebook group you can join if you'd like to be part of a group making this pattern up together.

This Pattern Includes:

  • Primarily written instructions, which are very minimal, transcribed directly from this nearly century-old pattern.
  • New pattern markings, to aid in understanding the pattern piece (original was unmarked).
  • Addition of a new collar option, drafted by me.  
  • A restored pattern based off of a period original with pieces tested and corrected to aid in ease of use.
  • New cutting charts and yardage complied by me
  • A multi-size pattern, all sizes in one packet.  The original was single size, in a 36" waist.
  • Access to the public posts on my blog which will help with understanding this pattern and include photographs of the construction as it progresses
  • Free access to our private Facebook group, open to everyone who wishes to join.


This Pattern DOES NOT include:
  • NO step-by-step illustrations to go with instructions
  • NO cutting charts for individual sizes- all new cutting charts are for a stacked, graded pattern so some sizes may require less fabric.
  • NO detailed instruction, only the period instructions with a few additions by me
  • NO hem allowance given for the skirt, as with the original pattern. More fabric may be purchased or it may be finished with a facing.



Follow along construction with step by step photos on the Wearing History Blog!


About Wearing History Resto-Vival™ Patterns

Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived.  Original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grainlines and darts indicated only by small perforations.  Resto-Vival™ patterns are printed on sturdy bond paper instead of tissue and clearly marked with drawn and labeled markings.  These markings aid the modern sewer in understanding the markings of the original pattern and the construction of the garment.  Resto-Vival™ patterns follow the period shapes of the original patterns, maintaining the historical accuracy of the completed garment.  Original period instructions are included. These instructions are text only (unless otherwise noted) and fairly minimal, especially compared to instructions for modern patterns.  At least an intermediate knowledge of dressmaking and a good familiarity with pattern construction is suggested.  You may choose to have a modern or period sewing book handy to help with basic construction methods that the pattern instructions do not cover in detail.  Also, fitting a muslin mockup is strongly recommended, as all garments were meant to be worn over period foundation garments or corsetry.

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  • 1

    Posted by Unknown on Jul 2nd 2017

    Spend your money with another company. These patterns are not tested and the terminology is wrong. Consulting with the directions of similar patterns from another company was the only way to make sense of the so called directions given. In the future, I will use patterns from a company that knows period garments and how they are sewn.

    *NOTE FROM WEARING HISTORY- I'm so sorry you were not happy with the pattern. This was actually from an original 1910s pattern, and it was tested. In fact, the mock up photos from the pattern can be seen in this listing. That said, the terminology can be different than with other patterns of this era from other makers. In the pattern it shows the original information and then walks through the original period instructions in text only. There are complete photo posts with steps on my blog to aid in steps.
    In future please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns about patterns you are making. I would be happy to help as best I can. Kind regards."

  • 4

    Posted by Wilhelmina Frame on Apr 13th 2016

    I made two suits for my mom and I to wear to the Downton Abbey costume exhibition at Winterthur. In some ways the pattern was very easy and straight forward. In others it was a bit fussy. Due to the shape of the jacket, the scaling of pattern to larger sizes doesn’t work so well. With a large bust but a narrow back, I ended up cutting a jacket more than 2 sizes smaller to my measurement. Oddly enough, I feel like I got a better fit on my mom than I did on myself, despite the fact that she lives 12 hours away from me! Still, the pattern gives you lots of options and that iconic look of the era. Definitely worth giving a shot but be ready to do some mocking up.
    (Wilhelmina's image of her mom and herself are included in the product images)

  • 5

    Posted by Lauren on Apr 13th 2016

    This is a great jacket and surprisingly straight forward – you’d think the clothing of this period would be complex, but it’s really just a huge “trapeze” tent-like garment, belted loosely at the waist, and it creates this utterly perfect and comfortable jacket that can be worn as a period piece, or as a modern piece.

    I added a faux fur guard, cuffs, and collar to mine. I fiddled with the collar a bit, and did some tailoring, which was not called for, but was a benefit to the front of the jacket, where I wanted to do some soutache decoration.

    All in all, a great pattern, and I will definitely use it again for a lightweight suit or other 1910s ensemble.
    (Lauren's ensemble is the red suit in the product images)

  • 5

    Posted by Jeanette Murray on Apr 13th 2016

    Pattern: Wearing History R109 1910s Suit – Circa 1916 Level of Difficulty: Intermediate to Advanced This pattern was a new release for Wearing History and a Suit-A-Long was created on facebook for those who were sewing the pattern. The pattern contains original instructions with additional instructions for portions that might be confusing to today’s seamstress. The pattern pieces are simple and the construction straightforward although it was very different from anything I had sewn in my Victorian and Edwardian costume experience. The fit is also extremely different in the raised waist of the skirt with an inner belt and the huge feel of the jacket before it is belted. Ultimately, the look is amazing! The opportunity for creativity with the options for collar, cuffs, buttons, and pockets means that you will never see yourself walking down the street. It is also extremely comfortable to wear. It is appropriate for all impressions for this period including ladies’ military. Here is a blog post for the suit jacket and it contains links for the skirt as well as the corset, undies, blouse, and hat.
    (Jeanette's image is included in the product images)

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