Edwardian Patterns 1901-1914
This pattern contains the basic patterns for parasols with 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10 ribs, with ribs lengths from 9" to 26". Also included is a pattern for a tip scrunchy that will give a nice finish to the area where the cover meets the tip of the parasol handle.
Parasols were an integral part of life for a Victorian Era lady. Not only were they functional in protecting a lady from the harmful rays of the sun, they were also a decorative accessory to her outdoor costume. They could be of a serviceable plain linen, or a fancy bright silk with ruffles, or an heirloom masterpiece of lace and ribbons. Unfortunately, most of the parasols surviving today have the fabrics in tatters. But the good new is that the finely crafted handles and folding mechanisms are usually still in good condition, and are waiting for someone to come along and recover them, restoring them to new glory.
Recovering an old parasol is not that difficult, and can be a lot of fun. The first step is to find an antique parasol handle that is still in good condition, aside from the fabric cover. The cover can be shredded or even missing, but the skeleton of the parasol should be in good working order, and the ribs straight. (Minor bends that can easily be re-straightened are fine.) Check your local antique stores, Ebay, and other sites that carry antiques and collectibles, and you will be amazed at what you can find. If you are unable to find an antique handle, you can also purchase a new parasol with a suitable handle, and replace the cover to something more suiting to your taste. Sometimes, you can also create a fancier and longer handle by adding spindles and finials to an existing handle.
This corset pattern is based on the styles seen in 1903. It has the low, full bust and long hip needed to create the "pigeon breast" look that was popular from 1902 - 1909. The corset is available in three heights; high bust, medium bust, and low bust, and comes in bust sizes A-DD. The hip is in three lengths: long, medium, and short. Also included are patterns for a hip pad and bust forms, which are needed to help finish out the figure. The instructions are for a single layer corset, which was the most typical of the period.
This pattern is recommended for persons with previous corset making experience.
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Our Edwardian Underwear pattern includes a Chemise, open French Drawers and Corset Cover.
The chemise has a square neck and gathers onto a yoke, at both front and back. The drawers can made with a round leg or shaped leg rising to a point on the outside. A straight ruffle can be added to either of the leg styles, or a handkerchief flounce can be added to the shaped leg. The corset cover can be made with ruffles across the front, or left plain. It can have shoulder straps and a false yoke for daytime, or be cut low with ribbon straps for evening wear, and either with or without ruffles across the front. The corset cover and drawers can also be sewn to the same waistband to make a Combinations. With so many variations available, this pattern should be able to serve all your Edwardian underwear needs.
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Based on an original pattern found in an 1913 issue of De Gracieuce, a Dutch magazine similar to Harpers Bazzar, our Late Edwardian Corset is perfect for wear under 1909-1916 style dresses. It will provide the long smooth hipline needed for the slim skirts of this era. Our corset has two height variations. The low bust height comes up to just under the bust, which is suitable for 1912-1916. The high bust is perfect for 1909-1912, and for figures that prefer full bust support.
Our corset has 6 panels on each side, with a center front busk, and grommets at the back. The busk and boning end short of the hem, for ease of wear. The instructions are for a single layer corset, which was the most typical of the period.
This pattern has been modified slightly to accommodate the different cup sizes and modern body types, but retains most of the proportions and elegance of the original garment. The original pattern shape is for the low height in the D-cup sizings, with the A, B, C, and DD cup sizes adjusted for.
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Our Late Edwardian petticoat has a slim shape for wear under 1910-1915 skirts, and is perfect under our Panel Skirts. It is specifically designed to be made out of eyelet fabric, to give the fashionable and pretty flounce at the hem. There is an underlay that reaches full length, with a dust ruffle added, giving you three layers at the hem. The closure is in the center back, with a drawstring waistband. This petticoat can also be made of plain fabric, as desired.
Sometimes known as a Trumpet Skirt, this is a 7 gore flared hem skirt. This style of skirt was very popular from 1899 to about 1905. The early years start as very slim below the hip, but the skirts get fuller for 1903 and later. Our skirt is particularly suited to the years 1902-1905. It is fitted over the hip, moderately slim to a little above the knee, and then flares out dramatically to the hem. The back can be fitted in habit style with a 6" sweep, or in round length with a box pleat. The closure is in the center back. It has a separate skirt lining, or foundation skirt, with a ruffle at the hem to help support the flare.
Circular skirts were very popular in the mid 1904-1907, when very full, straight skirts were the most stylish. Known as a circular skirt in two parts, there is a seam at both center front, and center back. The back is fitted, in habit style, with a 6" sweep. The closure is in the center back. With the seams cut bias, this skirt is especially suited to stripes and plaids, which form a chevron effect at center front and center back. An optional band of fabric can be added to the skirt to simulate a pointed tunic.
This skirt requires 54" wide fabric. This skirt can also be cut cross-grain with the center front on a fold, which will require 60" wide fabric for skirt lengths over 41" long (front length.)
Our Ten Gore Princess Skirt has a raised waistline and is lightly flared to the hem. The raised waistline was also known as Empire Corsage, or Princess style. This skirt is lined and boned above the hip, like a corselet, to hold it's shape. The top has a raised point in the center back, and tapers lower to the center front. It has the smooth fitted back closed with hooks and eyes, known as the "habit" back. Hem line is at floor length.
This skirt is perfectly suited to dresses of 1906 -1908, with it's wide hemline. Pair it with a blouse, and perhaps a long jacket or a copped Eton jacket.
The Narrow Panel Skirt is suitable for the years 1910 to 1915, and is a prominent style for
this period. Named for the narrow panels at the center front and center back, the sides are in one
piece and fitted with a dart at the hip. For this skirt, the seams are lapped seams, topstitched 3/4"
from the edge, releasing into kick pleats at both the front and the back. The closure is in the left
side front seam, and can be closed with buttons, snaps, or hooks/eyes. The waistline is slightly
raised, with an 2" wide internal belt. The skirt hangs from the top edge of the belt, fitting loosely
over the natural waist.
There are many variations that can be adopted for this skirt. It can be made with an
asymmetrical look by only putting buttons on the left side for the closure, or it can be made
symmetrical by placing buttons on both front seams. The closure can be completely hidden, if
desired. It can be worn with a separate blouse, or it can be attached to a dress top, of matching
The plain blousewaist was a very popular style for 1903. It was especially suited to lace, battenburg, or fine fabrics, as the simple cut lets the fabric show itself off. It has a high neck with band collar, to which a stock collor could be buttoned. This pattern has two styles of stock collar: a simple round collar and a stylish pointed collar. The front is without gathers or yoke at the shoulders, but has the generous pouch at the front waist, which helps define the "pigeon breast" look of the period. The sleeves are in bishop shape, with fullness at the back of the wrist, and pointed tabs on the cuffs. A "skirt" holds the pouch in perfect shape, and tucks under the dress skirt. The button closure is in the center back. This blouse is perfectly suited to be worn over the TVE01 Edwardian Corset.
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Our 1911 Narrow Panel Blouse is based on the Kimona Blouse style that was popular from 1909-1914. A Kimona Blouse is cut all in one, with the sleeve as part of the main body. Our Narrow Panel Blouse has the added detail of inserts at both the center front and back of the blouse. Choose either short or ¾ length sleeves.*
View A is specifically designed to be matched with our Narrow Panel Skirt - TVE30, with the center panels laying over the sides of the blouse. View B is perfect for utilizing bordered fabrics, with the center panels laying under the sides of the blouse.
There is no closure for this blouse, as it can be pulled easily on over the head. The hem length is long enough to tuck into either standard- or raised-waist skirts. It can, and should, be paired with a gimpe with long sleeves and high neck for daytime wear. It also can be worn alone for evening styles.
In this pattern are 3 different belts popular during the Edwardian era or 1901-1909. All are lower in the front and high in the back to help give the "dipped" front waist effect that is so typical of the period. View B is rounded in the front, with a slight downwards point at the back. View A is pointed at the front, and with an upwards blunt point and a slight point downwards at the back. Both styles close with hooks and eyes at the center back.
The third belt is narrow Cross Over belt, which was perhaps the most popular style of all. The ends of the belt broaden out into and arrowhead shape, and cross each other at the center front, closing with snap. This belt can be made of fabric, or it can also be made of leather or leather-like materials..