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Early 1900s Edwardian Corset Cover - Size 34" Bust Pattern

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Wearing History #E-AC110 PRINTED PATTERN- Mailed to you

Early 1900s Corset Cover

Size 34" Bust, waist 22-24" ONLY


Special thanks to Meg Furler and Carolyn Anne Dowdell for their beautiful photographs of corset covers made from this pattern, and to Charity Armstead for the loan of this beautiful antique original period pattern. This pattern was truly a group effort!


This camisole or corset cover pattern is taken from a period original pattern in the collection of Charity Armstead. This pattern is designed to be cut with the top edge on a border embroidery or lace, but can be cut from regular fabric yardage as well.

- 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 McCall period pattern from 1905.

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.


~~ SIZING ~~

This pattern is from a period original and only includes size 34" bust. The waist size is not given but we estimate it to be for a 22"-24" waist.

This pattern was original for WOMENS SIZING. Juniors, Misses, and Plus Sizes may require alteration for fit

The waist ratio is very different than current standards.


-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.


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  • 5
    Cool piece of history!

    Posted by Chelsea Souder on Nov 5th 2020

    I really enjoyed working with this pattern, especially knowing it was based on an original! It went together really quickly and easily, and I'll definitely be making more.

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