At Wearing History, we have several different pattern lines meeting different needs in the sewing and costuming community.
For more about what our patterns offer, please read on!
What's the deal with the cute little logos on our covers?
Here's more info about Signature Styles, Resto-Vival, Archive Couture, and E-Patterns.
Signature Styles are our most user friendly sewing patterns. These patterns are either based on historical originals OR are unique designs drafted by Lauren. These patterns have new step-by-step illustrated instructions and modern cutting charts. Patterns in this line include:
- Smooth Sailing Blouse & Trousers
- 1940's Sailor Girl Playsuit
- 1910's Blouse and Guimpe
- Rita 1940's Pleated Shorts
- 1940's Victory Hat
- Sunkissed Sweetheart 1940's Tropical Seperates
- 1940's Apron Pattern
- 1899 Sophie Jacket
- Edwardian Bust Improver
- Palisades 1940's Wrap Dress
The majority of Wearing History patterns are Resto-Vival Patterns. These are based on historical or vintage originals and include the period instructions, which are somewhat minimal.
Resto-Vival™ Patterns are original historic patterns that have been restored and revived.
Period original patterns are usually available only in single sizes, and usually precut from tissue paper and totally unprinted, with details like grain lines 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.
Difficulty of these patterns ranges from intermediate level to advanced level. The difficulty is generally based on when the sewing patterns were originally created. 1910s sewing patterns generally are more difficult, with very limited instructions that are not illustrated. 1940's patterns usually have more detailed illustrated instructions and are easier for the modern seamstress to understand.
Check the information included in the listing of the particular pattern you are interested in to get a better idea of what is included.
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.
E-Patterns can be from any of the lines mentioned above. These patterns are to print at home on your home printer and are tiled together by taping the printed sheets. E-patterns are formatted to fit on both US LETTER or A4 size paper. These patterns are not available as a wide format copy shop print. If you prefer patterns that require no paper piecing, we suggest opting for the professionally printed pattern version. For information about how to download your E-Pattern from this site, please click here.
Fore more information about Wearing History Patterns, please read this page, which goes more in depth.
Thank you for your interest in Wearing History!
In addition to Wearing History Sewing Patterns, I am proud to stock patterns by these makers:
Romantic Recollections- Embroidery Patterns