E-PATTERN- Circa 1917 Combination Underwear & Chemise

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Wearing History #R112


Download and print at home on US Letter or A4 size paper.


Circa 1917- Combination Underwear & Chemise Pattern

Suitable for the 1910's through the Early 1920's and your WWI era impressions.


This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from the 1910s.  

 What to Expect From This Pattern:

For intermediate difficulty, this pattern has the period original, written sewing instructions which are very minimal and text only.

This pattern was transcribed from the period original and has not been tested for fit or construction.

I have supplemented with my written translation of the period instructions.  There are two main pieces, and you should be familiar with basic construction and techniques like how to attach a bias facing and a casing to make this pattern.  The button placket is the most difficult technique, I suggest having a sewing book handy to aid you.  There are three pages of instruction which are included on the main pattern sheet which you can cut apart and keep in the envelope- one page is of the original cover and instruction, and two pages of my supplemented instruction translation are included.  No illustrations are included for instructions and a layout cutting guide is included for only size 36" bust.



Includes Bust Sizes 32" to 46", all in the same pattern.

No waist size was originally indicated.  Original pattern this was based on was a 44" bust.


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.



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 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 2 files

  • 30 sheets of paper for the pattern and sewing instructions in one file
  • 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet. 

31 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 sized paper are needed.


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  • 5
    Simple to make up

    Posted by Ticia on Feb 1st 2018

    Nice and easy to make up. I made one using an old sheet, and look forward to making it in a fabric I like a bit more.

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