This pattern was inspired by original period pattern illustrations for a versatile blouse with a variety of uses. It is based on the custom Wearing History blocks, drafted from a modern professional dress form and altered to period styling. The goal with this pattern is to provide a good middle ground between period pattern and modern sensibility- to fit the modern form yet still retain the aspects of a vintage fit and retain period styling.
Check out all the options you can make from this pattern:
- A high neck blouse with a straight collar
- A high neck blouse with a pointed collar
- A rounded neck blouse
- A square neck blouse
- A sheer blouse with a shell lining
- A sleeveless guimpe
- A lace underblouse
All can be made with either short or long sleeves giving you a fully versatile shirtwaist, underbodice, and guimpe all in one!
This pattern has been extensively researched by Lauren at Wearing History (the designer) to be accurate in styling and cut, yet updated to be a middle ground between vintage and modern fit. The design has been inspired and researched with the use of original period patterns, period illustrations and drawings, and extant historical blouses of the period. It is meant to be your "go to" basic pattern for this era as this pattern can take you from day to afternoon to evening depending on your styling and fabric choices.
The blouse is fitted by a casing on the inside to which you can add ties or elastic to gather to fit. It is meant to be worn with skirts with a slightly raised waistline in order to make the casing for the waist invisible when worn. The opening is in the back and fastens with buttons or hooks & eyes.
This blouse is ideal as a blank canvas to use for your creative embroidery or insertion lace embellishment, and is ideal for heirloom sewing! It is a basic pattern from which you can embellish as you wish.
Notes: Pattern does not include lace placement or trim placement. Use your creativity! Instructions for converting this from a blouse to a bodice or a dress are not included.
In order to conserve paper and lower cost, this blouse is printed with the varying necklines printed on the front and back pieces. Trace the pattern or cut the pattern to the neckline version you desire. Likewise, the sleeve is printed in one, so you can cut or trace the sleeve to shorter or longer length.
This pattern includes new step-by-step instructions with hand drawn illustrations and cutting charts for modern fabric widths.
This blouse is meant to be worn over period foundations, including a corset and corset cover. However, it CAN be worn modern wear or without corsetry.
Pattern is available in two size packs and is different than sizing for other patterns.
Please compare the measurements carefully, and order by your measurements according to the chart. If you are between sizing order the larger packet as little ease is included compared with other modern commercial patterns.
Order by BUST SIZE, as the waist is adjustable with the drawstring. Take your measurements on top of your period foundations you plan to wear this with, if applicable. Extra ease is not allowed for excess undergarments.
|Size Pack 1
Size Pack 2
All patterns are in MISSES SIZING. All measurements are given in inches.
This pattern may require adjustments based on your figure, especially for the high collar versions, as the fit will depend greatly upon neck size and height and position of the neck and shoulders.
A muslin mock up is highly recommended for all versions of this pattern, and should be done before starting insertion lace, embroidery, or other embellishments.
Use a nice drape like fine cottons (lawn, batiste, etc), silk, satin, or fine linen. This can be made in all over lace fabric, and cutting lines are included for a scoop necked shell lining.