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Iris- Circa 1914 Dress- 1910s- WWI- Bust 34"

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Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC119

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

"Iris" Circa 1914 Dress Pattern
Pictured originally in the May, 1914 Pictorial Review magazine.

One Size Only- Size 34" Bust, Waist 24"


--- EXPERT Difficulty ---

This pattern is extremely challenging, even for experienced sewists.
Included are original period instructions that are text only and very sparse. You may wish to have a sewing book handy for detailed techniques. This is complicated construction with a dress built over a bodice lining.

This one is hard, but the results are worth it. See my YouTube channel for a paper pattern walk-through coming soon.


This is from an original Pictorial Review pattern from 1914 .

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. Size 34" bust, 24" waist.
Original period yardage is given in the listing images.


-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original text-only sewing instructions
-Additions of two pages of text-only written clarification of original sewing instructions.
-Additional PDF file with scanned excerpts from 1910s-1920s sewing manuals to help with construction for this pattern.

- - 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 fastening instructions.

- - 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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