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"Estelle" 1917 Skirt with Circular Ruffles- Waist 26- 1900 1910

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC120

This is a mailed, printed pattern.  E-Pattern Available here.

"Estelle" Circa 1917 Skirt with Circular Ruffles

One Size Only- Size 26" Waist 39" Hips

This lovely skirt was pictured in the January, 1917 issue of The Delineator. This skirt has tiers of circular ruffles at the side. The front and backs join to the side with a plait. The skirt has a 2” raised waistline and is supported internally with a waistband. The interior waistband closes at center back and the skirt laps closed at side back. The skirt can also be made without ruffles.

Although a simple garment, the closure and the interior belt construction can be unfamiliar to modern sewists. We recommend an advanced skill level.

- ADVANCED Difficulty -

Advanced difficulty. Included are original period instructions that have very few illustrated instructions and no finishing techniques. You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques.

I have also added clarifications to the period instruction text to help understand construction.


This is from an original period pattern. We estimate this pattern to be from 1917.

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.

-Size and Yardage-

This pattern is available in one size only.
You may be able to cut from less fabric on modern widths. Test pattern placement on a modern width to estimate yardage.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original sewing instructions
-Additions of watchpoints for fitting and written clarification of original sewing instructions.

- - 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 in-depth 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 button and buttonhole 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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