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Edwardian Era 1910s Blouse and Guimpe Pattern

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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.


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  • 5
    Pattern instructions

    Posted by Laura Jensen on Aug 18th 2020

    The pattern instructions were excellent and allowed me to develop variations on the pattern. This is very useful blouse pattern.

  • 2
    Not loving it

    Posted by Lisa Carter on Sep 2nd 2018

    This pattern came and I was so excited to use it. However, The patterns on the envelope aren't included in the package. It says it's for creative license you can put the lace how you want.... It's just a basic bodice pattern, I have to do the decorative stuff myself. If I was able to design something myself I wouldn't have purchased a pattern .... For $16!! It's so annoying to be misled that buying this pattern will give you the Blouses on the front. Plus, it's confusing what pieces you need to cut out from what fabric. Totally just winging it and not happy about that. Patterns are to take the guess work out. Well patterns aside from this one!

  • 5
    5/5 stars from me!

    Posted by Veronica K. on Apr 10th 2016

    I bought this blouse pattern to make to wear with my 1880’s skirt from my bustle dress. I made the 3/4 length sleeve version and I wanted to make a high collar from lace, but was unable to find any lace that worked, so I ended up making the high collar (non-pointy version) that comes with the pattern. I used a white cotton with eyelets in it, so I also made the liner. The sizing was accurate, the instructions easy to understand and it looks wonderful with my skirt. 5/5 stars from me!

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