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Cordelia- Circa 1909-1914 Skirt Pattern

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Edwardian Skirt Pattern

Circa 1909-1914

Multi-Size Waist 22"-40" 

Intermediate-Advanced Sewing Skill Recommended

For the e-pattern version of this pattern click here.

A Resto-Vival pattern from the Edwardian period and is suitable for looks from 1909-1914.

The skirt is in the Edwardian "directoire" style, and meant to fall gracefully from the top of the fitted interior waistband, skim the waist and the hips, and fall gracefully to the floor.

This pattern has LOTS of options and covers all your basic skirt needs of this period and can be used to make the following in both DAY and EVENING versions:

Day or Evening Versions with Hem Options of:

  • A skirt with a small sweep
  • A skirt with a rounded, longer train
  • A skirt with a pointed train
  • A skirt with a squared train
This skirt can be:
  • seamed up the back with a pain, normal center back seam
  • pleated at the back 
  • Made as a one-piece skirt, buy cutting on the fold and seaming up center back.
  • Made as a two-piece skirt, with seams at both center front and center back
  • Made a a skirt for a dress, by attaching a bodice at the raised waistline and using ANY of the above options.
More Features About this Skirt
  • This skirt is shaped with a wide, long dart at the hip.
  •   It is not meant to be fitted at the natural waist, but is fitted to the top of the raised waistband. 
  • The hem of this skirt should be weighted, as done with the tucked version or the trains.
  • This is shown in photographs with the Wearing History 1910s Blouse Pattern.
  •  This skirt is from, essentially, one GIANT piece, and will most likely require piecing to get it to fit on a fabric width, especially for larger sizes. 
  • The two-piece skirt is seamed up center front and may be cut on the straight of grain and is suitable for stripes, which will fall at a diagonal at center back. 
  • This skirt can fall straight at the front or be pleated at the side front and accented with appliques or trim, or left plain. 
  • This skirt is constructed with an interior waistband made of 2" wide belting, and the waist hits above the natural waist.
  • This skirt is best made in fabrics with a nice drape such as cottons, linens, satins, or wools.  It does not look as well in fabrics with a stiff hand.
  • This pattern may be worn without corsets if you do not wish to style this in a period way and choose to use it for modern wear but adjustments may be needed and it still looks best when worn with period foundations and at least one petticoat. 
  • Waist and hip size should be determined by taking your waist and hip measure as taken over period foundation garments such as corsets and petticoats.

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

No cutting charts are given, and yardage charts may not be reliable, since they are for fabric widths of 100 years ago, not today.  No period yardages are given for sizes 36, 38, & 40 waist, as this pattern was not originally available in these sizes.

This Pattern Includes:

  • Text only instructions, which are minimal, transcribed directly from this century-old pattern.
  • New pattern markings, to aid in understanding the pattern piece (original was unmarked).
  • Basic written tips by me to aid in construction
  • The multi-size pattern includes sizes 22"-40" waist.  The single size pattern includes only size 28" waist.
  • Instructions and cover on BIG pattern layout sheet you assemble.  This is done to conserve paper, as there was blank space after pattern placement.
This Pattern DOES NOT include:
  • NO illustrations to go with instructions
  • NO detailed sewing instructions- instructions are basic and sparce.
  • NO cutting charts
  • NO instruction included for piecing fabric widths.
  • NO yardages given for sizes 36", 38", & 40" waist.
  • There are no side seams for pattern adjustment.  Adjustments may be made at the waist by taking in or letting out the dart placed at the hip.  A muslin mock up is highly suggested to test fit before cutting into your fashion fabric.

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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