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De-Stashing the Sewing Room! February 24 2016

Hi friends & customers! Spring is coming and with it a clean out of excess sewing stuff to make room for a special arrival in our family this summer. My sewing room is getting divided to share with a nursery. I need to pare down my stash!!

So I'm clearing out fabrics, notions, trims, books & magazines, patterns, finished costume pieces, and other miscellaneous goodies so they can be used and enjoyed by others. 

Visit the specific collection here: 

Yardage is sold as one piece. Many of the patterns, books and magazines are out of print or hard to find and are priced accordingly. Other notes are included on each item page.

I do have three cats that enjoy the sewing room; however, most de-stash items have been stored in boxes or bins away from dust and sunlight. 

Please add the usual priority shipping option at checkout (our usual method to ship). All de-stash items will be shipped the least expensive method. Excess shipping costs (like sending first class or USPS ground) will be refunded (as we usually do) as these are de-stash items and not regular merchandise. We can, of course, ship regular shop items with any de-stash items too. And we ship internationally. 

Please email us at ClientCare @ (no spaces) with any questions.

Take advantage of my cleaning mode! I'll be adding items to the collection over time. :-) 

Start 2015 with a corset! January 11 2015 1 Comment

Foundation undergarments are so important to an accurate historical silhouette. Start this new year getting new ones made so you can spend the rest of your time making pretty dresses.

For Regency:

Try the Laughing Moon #115 pattern that gives you extensive directions for a corded corset suitable for 1800 to 1840 costumes. (Yes, this corset shape was around for that long!) The well-drafted bust and hip gussets give you plenty of room to fit your figure. Use cotton sateen for the corset top fabric and a sturdy medium-weight cotton broadcloth for the lining. This is THE corset pattern for the Regency Era. 


For Victorian:

The Truly Victorian TV110 is such a fabulous pattern we created an online class to dive into all its beauty. Designed after 1880s styles, I won't hesitate to say that it will work for nearly all your Victorian dress-up events (1840s to 1900). The straight seams are flattering to larger figures and curvy enough to enhance a slender torso. Bust cup sizes are included. 


For Edwardian:

For a versatile corset pattern I recommend the Truly Victorian TVE01 pattern. Although dated 1903 for the pigeon dress styles with bust and hip pads, leave them off for an early 19-Teens silhouette. Easy to put together, but be sure to walk through the sizing table in detail before cutting your size. This is a beautiful pattern for under your elegant Edwardian lifestyle. 

Annual Holiday Sale for 2014 is on! November 17 2014

Our Annual Holiday Sale! 

Why wait to create a historical wardrobe?


Don't wait until inspiration hits and you are missing a pattern or class you need! 

Are you one of many that starts sewing in January?

Or are you like me and set fresh costuming goals now to begin in the new year?
How's that 2015 to-do list coming?

If you're preparing and (still) dreaming of that 19th century ensemble, you're going to love our 4th annual holiday sale!

(It used to be on Black Friday weekend but we wanted to push it up to give you more sewing prep time.)

But... doesn't creativity come in spurts, you say?
Why, yes it does. And isn't it horrible to have a sudden burst of inspiration hit and you're not prepared?

As you think about those upcoming events, get your patterns in hand so you can begin when the enthusiasm comes along. 

Starting today, until next Monday, the entire shop is 25% off.

This means you get:

  • All online classes discounted (these have no expiration time)
  • Our best selling Regency Fitting Tips and the Faux Fur Muff Workbooks on sale
  • 40 items focusing on historical costuming & sewing at a reduced rate
  • Includes discount on sewing patterns that are not ordinarily on sale

There's no limit on number of items as all products are included in the sale. Sign up for that Victorian corset class you've been pondering. Jump into a new technique with a millinery class or pick up patterns for a complete new undergarment set.

Use the code below at checkout to activate the discount.
Coupon Code: JOY2014

This sale, like all good things, must come to an end. The coupon code is valid through next Monday, November 24, 2014 at 11:59 pm Pacific Time.

Get those patterns on your list today so your 2015 period wardrobe will be off to a grand start!

Love and Cheers for a Happy Christmas Season!

Jennifer Rosbrugh
and the entire and Old Petticoat Shop team

Now a U.S. Retailer of Nehelenia Patterns!! October 30 2014

Nehelenia patterns

NEWS: Here at the Shop we are SOOO excited to carry a selection of the Nehelenia Pattern line! 


Christina and Stefanie are based in western Germany and a large retailer for costuming supplies in Europe. Besides carrying a wide variety of other well-known pattern lines, they have their own line ranging from medieval to the 1930s in styles. You can follow them on their Facebook page here.


The patterns are printed on white bond paper and either hand or computer graded. Instructions vary in depth depending on if the pattern is drafted from original sources (such as the 1900 Corset) or is a new design and draft of their own like the 1800. However, all designs are recommended for intermediate to advanced dressmakers as the instructions are basic and many finer details left to the individual sewer. 


Currently we are carrying the 1900 Corset, the 1910 Corset (really excited about this one as 19-Teens corset patterns are had to find), the Regency Short Stays which are based off museum pieces, and the Regency Spencer jacket because we love spencers and considers them in the Fancies category of our Frillies & Fancies merchandise! 

If you'd like us to carry more designs from their pattern line please let us know! We'd love to serve our North American customers with faster service being on this side of the Atlantic. :-)

Coming Soon! September 01 2014

Coming Soon!!! 
Resources for your historical Frillies & Fancies.
Specializing in patterns & supplies for undergarments, accessories and more for creating your 19th century silhouette.