Wearing History #R113
"Elsie"- 1910s WWI Era Blouse
Multisized to include sizes 32"-48" in one packet
This pattern is a "Resto-Vival" pattern from the 1910s.
For advanced difficulty, this pattern has the original, written sewing instructions which are very minimal and text only.
It is very important to make a mock up before commiting to your final fabric, as this pattern was transcribed from the period original and has not been tested for fit or construction.
The pattern was originally a 38" bust, but has been multisized to include sizes 32"-48" in one packet.
Includes Bust Sizes 32" to 48", all in the same pattern.
No waist size was originally indicated. Original pattern this was based on was a 38" bust.
Our sewn sample is made with a drawstring through a casing, rather than a sewn internal waistband, as the pattern originally called for.
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.