E-PATTERN- Edwardian Era 1910s Blouse and Guimpe- Size Pack 1

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This listing is for an E-Pattern to print yourself at home on your home printer's USA letter and A4 sized paper.

This listing is for SIZE PACK 1:


Size Pack 1
SIZE 4 6 8 10
BUST 30 32 34 36
WAIST 22 24 26 28

Wearing History #1005

1910s Blouse and Guimpe Pattern- Circa 1909-1914

Also avaialble as an e-pattern.  Find it on this page.

I'm very pleased to announce an original Wearing History design for a 1910s blouse pattern.  This pattern was inspired by original period pattern illustrations for a versitile blouse with a variety of uses.  This is different than our other "vintage inspired" patterns, where we start with original period source material and update it to our specifications- this pattern has been based on our very own Wearing History blocks, drafted from a modern professional dress form and altered to period styling.  The goal with this pattern is to provide a good middle ground between period pattern and modern sensibility- to fit the modern form yet still retain the aspects of a vintage fit and retain period styling.
From This Pattern You Can Make A Blouse/Guimpe
in the Following Variations
with Either Short or Long Sleeves
  • A high neck blouse with a straight collar
  • A high neck blouse with a pointed collar
  • A rounded neck blouse
  • A square neck blouse
  • A sheer blouse with a shell lining
  • A sleeveless guimpe
  • A lace underblouse
This pattern has been extensively researched to be accurate in styling and cut, yet updated to be a middle ground between vintage and modern fit.  The design has been inspired and researched with the use of original period patterns, period illustrations and drawings, and extant historical blouses of the period.  This pattern is meant to be your "go to" basic pattern for this era as this pattern can take you from day to afternoon to evening depending on your styling and fabric choices.
This blouse is fitted by a casing on the inside of the blouse to which you can add ties or elastic to gather to fit.  It is meant to be worn with skirts with a slightly raised waistline, in order to make the casing for the waist invisible when worn.  The blouse fastens up the back with buttons or hooks and eyes.
 This blouse is ideal as a blank canvas to use for your creative embroidery or insertion lace embellishment, and is ideal for heirloom sewing.  This pattern is a basic blouse pattern to which you can embellish as you wish.  This pattern does not include lace placement or trim placement- as I leave that up to your creativity! A separate e-book is available which covers embellishment inspiration and technique which can be used with this pattern. With a little creativity, this blouse can be used as a bodice for a period dress.  Instruction for converting this from a blouse to a bodice for a dress is not included.
In order to conserve paper and lower cost, this blouse is printed with the varying necklines printed on the front and back pieces, so you can trace the pattern or cut the pattern to the neckline version you desire, instead of making a more expensive pattern with separate blouse pieces for each neckline.   Likewise, the sleeve is printed in one, so you can cut or trace the sleeve to shorter or longer length.
This pattern includes new step-by-step instructions with hand drawn illustrations and cutting charts for modern fabric widths.
This blouse is meant to be worn over period foundations, including a corset and corset cover, as it is pictured in the sample photos. This blouse CAN be worn for modern wear or without corsetry.

 This pattern has different sizing for Wearing History (Size Pack 1 or 2)  Please compare the measurements carefully, and order by your measurements according to the chart.  If you are between sizing order the larger packet as little ease is included compared with other modern commercial patterns.

Order this pattern by BUST SIZE, as the waist is adjustable with the drawstring.  

Take your measurements on top of your period foundations you plan to wear this with, if applicable.  Extra ease is not allowed for excess undergarments.

Size Pack 1
SIZE 4 6 8 10
BUST 30 32 34 36
WAIST 22 24 26 28
Size Pack 2
SIZE 12 14 16 18
BUST 38 40 42 44
WAIST 30 32 34 36

All patterns are in MISSES SIZING.  All measurements are given in inches.

This pattern may require adjustments based on your figure, especially for the high collar versions, as the fit will depend greatly upon neck size and height, and position of the neck and shoulders.

A muslin mock up is highly recommended for all versions of this pattern, and should be done before starting insertion lace, embroidery, or other embellishment.

This blouse is best made in fabrics with a nice drape like fine cottons (lawn, batiste, etc), silk, satin, or fine linen.  This can be made in all over lace fabric, and cutting lines are included for a scoop necked shell lining, as shown in the images of the lace blouse.

This blouse is shown in photographs with the upcoming Wearing History Cordelia skirt pattern, which may be purchased seperately.  This blouse does not include a belt, skirt, or embellishment design or instruction.

A free photo tutorial for basic lace insertion by machine is available on my blog.




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.  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 uses 25 sheets of paper for the pattern,  13 for the instruction pack, 1 for the e-pattern "how to" sheet.  39 total sheets of 8.5" x 11" sized paper or A4 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 be able to download this pattern after your order is marked as "Completed".  

If ordering with mailed product, purchased with an unconfirmed Paypal address, or purchased with a credit card, there may be a slight delay, as I will need to manually approve the transaction before the system marks it as "completed".

By purchasing this pattern you agree to the following terms:  This e-pattern is licensed exclusively to the person who purchases this pattern from Wearing History for the sole purpose of home sewing or non-profit use.  Commercial or production use is prohibited.  Do not share this pattern by email or any other form.  Remember, I make my living by using my talents to make these patterns.  Help support indie small business by telling your friends to purchase their own copy of this pattern from http://wearinghistory.clothing


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  • 5

    Posted by Leimomi (The Dreamstress) on Apr 26th 2016

    Great pattern! Does exactly what it says on the tin – makes a beautiful base for a 1900s blouse. The instructions are very comprehensive, with lots of period information, and the suggestions for variations are excellent.

    I made mine in a geometric broderie anglaise, and added width to do a bit of tucking. I had to do a bit of adjusting to the pattern to accommodate the fact that I have scoliosis and tilted shoulders, but the fit was very accurate for a standard body. I love the finished result – very Anne of Green Gables!

    More info about my version here: http://thedreamstress.com/2013/12/the-ca-1905-time-lady-shirtwaist/

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