Wearing History Archive Couture Pattern #AC112
This is a mailed, printed pattern. E-Pattern Available here.
1910s "Marguerite" Blouse
***** EXPERT DIFFICULTY**** (read more below)
One Size Only- Size 36" Bust, Waist 24"
**About This Pattern**
This e-pattern has been remastered from an original Pictorial Review pattern. We estimate this pattern to be from very late 1914 to early 1915. This works well for the WWI period.
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 pattern features the romantic historicized fashion trends of the 1910s.
This blouse is mounted on a blouse lining. You arrange the vest, the gathered front, the collar, and the outer blouse on a fitted under blouse.
EXTRAS INCLUDED- scans from my personal antique book library to help you with understanding constructing the bodice lining, for the steps to make a blouse, for sewing an extension, and for how the 1910s approached using a commercial pattern like this one.
If made with a skirt in matching fabric, this makes a wonderful two-piece dress. (Skirt pattern not included).
****Size and Yardage****
This pattern is available in one size only. Size 36" bust, 24" waist.
You may be able to cut from less fabric on modern widths. Test pattern placement on a modern width to estimate yardage.
- - WHAT IS INCLUDED WITH THIS PATTERN - -
-A clean, computer drawn pattern of the basic pattern shapes needed to create the garment illustrated.
-Very basic original text-only sewing instructions
-Some pages of sewing tips from the time period, scanned and remastered from original period books.
- - 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.
*****EXPERT DIFFICULTY- WHAT TO EXPECT****
This pattern is complicated to make and challenging for even experienced dressmakers. But we offer it because of it's rarity and because it is important to preserve our dressmaking history and make them available to use and learn from.
Included are the original period instructions that are text only and very, very sparse. This is constructed in the original period manner and you must invent closures and placement of the vest and gathered front on the blouse lining. A knowledge of period sewing techniques is recommended. Free books for period sewing are available on Archive.Org and Google Books, and you'll most likely want to cross reference those when constructing this garment.
This pattern HAS NOT been tested for fit or construction and is offered remastered from the pattern original, following exactly the original period pattern lines and markings. I have added labels to the pattern pieces to help clarify markings.
- - 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.